Donald Trump will slash the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy – an agency that has proven vital to helping addicted Americans – from $388 million annually to $24 million next year.
But that’s not enough.
Trump is also about to cut the high intensity drug trafficking areas (HIDTA) program and the drug-free communities support program from their respective annual budgets of $250 million and $90 million to zero.
These cuts come as tens of thousands of Americans die each year from drug-related deaths, amid a growing national crisis of opioid addiction. The planned cuts also fly directly against campaign promises Trump made. Trump claimed that “we will give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need.” Yet between these massive cuts and eliminations, as well as the proposed limited access to treatment through the recently passed “healthcare” bill, Trump is turning his back on yet another section of vulnerable Americans.