Former U.S. Attorney discusses opioid crisis

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More than 60,000 people are dying each year from drug overdoses here in the U.S. and our area is leading the nation.

On Tuesday, President Trump touched on the issue. But did he say enough about how we’re going to fix it?

Former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said there wasn’t much substance to the president’s speech besides a commitment to be tough on crime, help those effected, and expand treatment.

He wanted to hear more concrete ideas of how they’re going to achieve this goals and a request for some money from Congress rather than the blanketed statement. Ihlenfeld believes the biggest thing we need to fight the opioid epidemic is some type of funding to combat the “worst drug crisis our country has ever faced.” 

He does wish the President had spent more time discussing the issue. 

“We had over 64,000 people die in 2016, and that number will be higher once the 2017 data will come out. So, I think it deserves more attention than it receives,” said Ihlenfeld. “I’m hopeful that Congress will work with the President and they will not only push out ideas, they’ll push out funding to support those ideas.”

Ihlenfeld did give President Trump credit for raising awareness behind the opioid crisis, and gives him credit since this is an issue he inherited.

He did say the President hasn’t taken many positive steps since the time he took office in January of 2017.

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