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Congress Created Tools to Fight the Opioid Crisis. But is the Administration Using Them?

| Apr. 05, 2019

The first two waves of the opioid epidemic — prescription painkillers and heroin — may not be over, but a third wave has begun. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported, the opioid market is getting more lethal thanks to fentanyl, a purely synthetic opioid that saw a 113 percent increase in deaths from 2013 to 2016.

No one doubts the severity of this crisis. Yet it's unclear whether President Trump's administration is using all of the tools at its disposal to address it, including those Congress created just last year. At the very least, the public deserves a progress report....

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Kayyem, Juliette."Congress Created Tools to Fight the Opioid Crisis. But is the Administration Using Them?" The Washington Post, April 5, 2019.

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Juliette Kayyem