President Trump has declared a national emergency because of deaths from opioids. This declaration could open the door to federal funds for treatment and life saving intervention. From what he has said so far, however, the effort will be useless. Trump wants to increase border security on illegal drugs entering the U. S. The idea we can prevent drugs from entering has been popular among politicians for decades and has accomplished only deaths to law enforcement officers. The volume crossing borders has been unaffected.
The other thing he wants to do is equally off the mark. He wants to track doctors to determine which are prescribing “too many” pain killers. According to the research done, only about 10% of those addicted to obioids started with doctor prescribed pain killers. The rest came from other sources.
This fits perfectly with the President’s preoccupations with borders and walls. He believes a “wall” will stop illegal aliens from crossing the Mexican U. S. border. Now more drug enforcement officers will stop drugs. “Mexico will pay” and “It’s Mexico’s fault.”
Some small cities in the U. S. and some entire countries in Europe have seen heroin overdoses drop to almost zero. It has been down by simply announcing publicly persons in possession will not have charges filed against them. Users have been invited to make know their use and visit professionals.
It may be that effective policies such has no prosecution for possession will come along some day. In the meantime, policies which increase deaths continue on.