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trump's response to opioid epidemic includes 24-year-old helping lead drug polic


in may 2016, taylor weyeneth was an undergraduate at st. john's university in new york, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.less than a year later, at 23, weyeneth, was a political appointee and rising star at the office of national drug control policy, the white house office responsible for coordinating the federal government's multibillion dollar anti-drug initiatives and supporting president donald trump's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. weyeneth would soon become deputy chief of staff.weyeneth's brief biography offers few clues that he would so quickly assume a leading role in the drug policy office, a job recently occupied by a lawyer and a veteran government official. his on






trump proposal would gut 'drug czar' office in middle of opioid crisis


the trump administration is proposing to gut the budget of the white house "drug czar" by 95 percent, effectively eliminating the decades-old office of national drug control policy, the lead federal agency responsible for managing and coordinating drug policy, according to a memo that its acting director sent friday to agency employees.the draft budget plan comes as the nation is struggling with an escalating opioid epidemic. ending opioid addiction was a centerpiece of donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and he drew support from many of the rural areas and small working-class towns hit hardest by the drug crisis. in march, president donald trump commissioned a new addiction task force to help combat the opioid crisis, tapping his friend and former rival new jersey gov. chris christ






west virginia developing further response to opioid epidemic


charleston, w.va. (ap) — west virginia health officials say they will to submit to gov. jim justice plans to respond to the state’s opioid epidemic by mid-january.the department of health and human resources says it will involve public engagement and a partnership with regional and national experts.west virginia established a new office of drug control policy in the department under a law enacted earlier this year.west virginia recorded a record 884 overdose deaths last year.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.health officials say preliminary analysis shows that seven out of 10 people who died had a drug prescription filled within a year of their death, and four in 10 overdose had one filled within 30 days before.






president says he will declare national opioid emergency next week


washington – president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that marino helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino was a key lawmaker in supporting the bill that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the office of national drug control policy.speaking in the white house rose garden, trump said he will have a "major announcement, probably next week" about






slashing medicaid is probably the worst way to fight an opioid addiction epidemi


most readers know by now that deep cuts to medicaid over the next decade are a central feature of the healthcare reform proposal before the u.s. senate this week — and a terrible policy that would put health coverage out of reach for millions of americans. but here’s yet another reason why senators should think twice about voting for the better care reconciliation act: doing so would pull the rug out from under those fighting to stop the raging opioid epidemic.that should resonate with president trump, not just because opioid addiction has disproportionately affected states that powered his victory in november, including ohio, west virginia and kentucky, but also because trump promised on the campaign trail to stop the opioid scourge. in march, in fact, he formed a commission to study the






slashing medicaid is probably the worst way to fight an opioid addiction epidemi


most readers know by now that deep cuts to medicaid over the next decade are a central feature of the healthcare reform proposal before the u.s. senate this week — and a terrible policy that would put health coverage out of reach for millions of americans. but here’s yet another reason why senators should think twice about voting for the better care reconciliation act: doing so would pull the rug out from under those fighting to stop the raging opioid epidemic.that should resonate with president trump, not just because opioid addiction has disproportionately affected states that powered his victory in november, including ohio, west virginia and kentucky, but also because trump promised on the campaign trail to stop the opioid scourge. in march, in fact, he formed a commission to study the






trump moving to slash budget for white house ‘drug czar”


washington (ap) — the trump administration is moving to gut the office of the white house “drug czar” according to a preliminary budget document and an email message that its acting director has circulated to agency staff.the office of national drug control policy, or ondcp, is the lead white house office shaping policy on the nation’s opioid crisis, among other responsibilities.the proposed $364 million cut would leave a budget of just $24 million for the office and would eliminate its two major grant programs.the eliminations involve the high-intensity drug-trafficking area program, which just received — under a catchall government-wide spending bill signed by president donald trump on friday — $254 million for grants to help states and localities to fight drug trafficking, and the $100






trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee who helped weaken dea


president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino helped guide legislation that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.trump said "we're going to be looking into" the investigation, while many democrats and at least one republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the of






hepatitis c in pregnant women almost doubles amid opioid epidemic


the opioid epidemic currently plaguing the country is being blamed for a dramatic increase in the number of pregnant women with hepatitis c.an estimated 3.5 million americans live with hepatitis c, making it the country's most common blood-borne infection.a new report released thursday finds that hep c infections among pregnant women nearly doubled from 2009 to 2014. rural areas of states including tennessee and west virginia – the same areas hit hardest by the opioid epidemic – were disproportionately affected."if i overlayed a map of the united states and looked at rates of newborn opioid withdrawal after birth, it would be very similar," lead author stephen patrick, m.d., an assistant professor of pediatrics and health policy at vanderbilt university medical center, told cbs news. "we s






amid opioid epidemic, white house may cut drug control office budget


budget cuts are apparently being eyed for office of national drug control policy        






pennsylvania congressman to be named drug czar by trump


pennsylvania congressman tom marino is expected to step down from his seat to take on a new role in the trump administration. multiple sources tell cbs news that marino will head up the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), assuming the informal title of drug czar. a source familiar with personnel moves in the white house says that marino is in the final stages of completing his paperwork and an official announcement is forthcoming. when asked for comment, the white house said it had no personnel announcements at this time. marino’s office had no comment.marino, who is serving his third term representing pennsylvania’s rural 10th congressional district, was appointed to serve on the house’s bipartisan committee combating the opioid epidemic in 2016 after the enactment of two bill






senator demands docs from big pharma as she probes their role in opioid epidemic


sen. claire mccaskill of missouri is investigating the role of five top opioid manufacturers in the national drug epidemic.






cvs to limit opioid drug prescriptions amid national epidemic


the cvs pharmacy benefits division will limit opioid distribution in an effort to combat an epidemic wreaking havoc on the lives of millions.        






white house dismisses concerns over cuts to "drug czar" office


the white house is pushing back against criticism over a proposed 95 percent cut to the budget of the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), arguing the federal government remains committed to fighting the opioid epidemic.in a draft version of a budget memo obtained by cbs news on friday, the office of management and budget (omb) proposed cutting nearly half the staff in the "druz czar" office in fiscal year 2018 (fy18), as well as a number of grant programs and other agency functions. one of ondcp's grant programs funds the nation's largest drug prevention program, supporting 5,000 local anti-drug community efforts across the country. the program has enjoyed widespread support from members of both parties.at the white house briefing on friday, deputy press secretary sarah sanders






can chris christie put a dent in the opioid epidemic?


gov. chris christie, who’s been tapped by president trump to lead a task force on opioid and substance abuse, said wednesday that he’s ready to get to work.“this issue causes enormous pain and destruction to everyday families in every state in this country,” christie, a republican, said during a listening session at the white house.playvideocbs evening newsdoctors group issues recommendations on opioid epidemic an influential group of doctors demanded a top-to-bottom change in the way the u.s. handles addiction. over 22 million americans need treatment f... the focus on drug addiction and treatment is not new for christie. as governor of new jersey, he’s pushed to expand the availability of drug treatment and rehabilitation services, and he’s enacted measures to crack down on the opioid ep






trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic


president trump plans to direct the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials.but the president, who is scheduled to address the epidemic later thursday, will stop short of declaring a broader national emergency and will not make any additional federal money available to confront a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans.administration officials say they hope congress will provide more funding in a spending bill later this year, though officials would not say how much money the white house is seeking.“this is an urgent priority for the president,” one senior administration official said thursday.trump has been under press






trump to issue limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic – la


president trump plans to direct the u.s. department of health and human services on thursday to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency in response to the deadly opioid epidemic, according to senior administration officials.but the president, who is scheduled to address the epidemic later thursday, will stop short of declaring a broader national emergency and will not make any additional federal money available to confront a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans.administration officials say they hope congress will provide more funding in a spending bill later this year, though officials would not say how much money the white house is seeking."this is an urgent priority for the president," one senior administration official said thursday.trump has been under press






trump’s drug czar nominee could be in trouble after report on drug industr


manchin calls on trump to withdraw drug czar nomination, saying marino is "unfit" for job and can't be trusted to confront opioid epidemic.        






trump calls opioid epidemic an 'emergency' but offers few new resources to comba


president trump made sweeping new promises thursday to mobilize the federal government against the deadly opioid epidemic, but his language contrasted sharply with an order that stopped well short of a major new commitment of resources for a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans.trump directed the u.s. department of health and human services to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency, but he declined to declare a broader national emergency or ask congress to fund any expansion in treatment or insurance coverage for americans struggling with addiction.senior administration officials say they hope congress will provide more money in a spending bill later this year, but officials would not say how much the white house will seek.speaking at the white house on thursda






trump issues limited emergency declaration to combat the opioid epidemic


president trump made sweeping new promises thursday to mobilize the federal government against the deadly opioid epidemic, but his language contrasted sharply with an order that stopped well short of a major new commitment of resources for a crisis that last year killed more than 64,000 americans.although trump directed the u.s. department of health and human services to declare a limited 90-day public health emergency, he declined to declare a broader national emergency or ask congress to fund any expansion in treatment or insurance coverage for americans struggling with addiction.senior administration officials say they hope congress will provide more funding in a spending bill later this year, though officials would not say how much money the white house is seeking.speaking at the white






cvs to cap prescriptions to seven-day supply amid battling opioid epidemic


cvs pharmacy is battling the opioid epidemic with a new prescription plan that limits new patients to a seven-day supply, the company announced thursday. the drug store chain will also reach out to doctors about prescriptions that seem to be excessive, and put a cap on daily dosages. company officials...






thousands are dying. the president needs to do more than bluster on the opioid c


president trump’s long-anticipated announcement addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction was — ah, how to put this diplomatically — more talk than walk. it was good to hear trump frame the problem as a public health emergency, not a criminal justice one — a departure from the bad old “war on drugs” days. but there just wasn’t much to his announcement other than vague commitments, troubling insinuations and missed opportunities.still, it was a first step in what will necessarily be a long journey. as trump correctly pointed out, the epidemic that’s killing about 175 americans a day took years to grow to its current proportions. it cannot be ended overnight, and there will be more opportunities for the president to get his opioid message and policy right. here are some of the specifics we






opioid law draws scrutiny after trump's pick for drug czar steps aside


president trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar, rep. tom marino (r-pa.), withdrew from consideration tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in pushing legislation that weakened the drug enforcement administration's power to investigate bulk shipments of prescription opiods.adding to the backlash, some members of congress now say they will try to reverse marino's bill, and the department of justice plans to assess whether the 2016 law restricts investigations.“we’re going to review it," deputy atty. gen. rod rosenstein said tuesday when asked whether current laws give law enforcement the powers they need to combat the opioid epidemic. “if we conclude they don’t have the appropriate tools, we will seek more tools.”a spokeswoman for massachusetts gov. charlie baker (r),






jeff sessions won’t use weed to fight opioid epidemic


attorney general jeff sessions has a prescription for opioid and heroin addicts—and it’s not marijuana. sessions said in a statement that he was “astonished” by suggestions that medical marijuana could be a cure for the epidemic that’s ravaging the u.s,, telling reporters in richmond that medical use of the drug has “been hyped, maybe too much.”…






appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with ag policy


louisville, ky. — in appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced friday by u.s. attorney general jeff sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders.kentucky sen. rand paul strongly opposed the department of justice directive, which reverses an obama-era policy that prescribed leniency for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders."we should treat our nation's drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a 'lock 'em up and throw away the key' problem," paul said in a statement released shortly after session's announcement.sessions argued that a spike in violence in some big cities and the nation's opioid epidemic call for a return to harsher prison sentences. the memo announced friday would






appalachia’s approach to drugs at odds with ag policy


louisville, ky. (ap) — in appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced friday by u.s. attorney general jeff sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders.kentucky sen. rand paul strongly opposed the department of justice directive, which reverses an obama-era policy that prescribed leniency for nonviolent, low-level drug offenders.“we should treat our nation’s drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a ‘lock ’em up and throw away the key’ problem,” paul said in a statement released shortly after session’s announcement.sessions argued that a spike in violence in some big cities and the nation’s opioid epidemic call for a return to harsher prison sentences. the memo announced friday






ag defends holding off suing drug makers over opioids


madison, wis. — republican attorney general brad schimel is defending his decision to hold off on suing drug companies over the country's opioid overdose epidemic.nearly 50 wisconsin counties have filed a federal lawsuit alleging pharmaceutical companies precipitated the opioid problem by using deceptive marketing campaigns to sell prescription painkillers.schimel has promised opioids would be his top priority. asked why the state justice department hasn't filed a similar lawsuit, he said he has joined a 41-state coalition that is investigating the companies and the role they may have played in creating the epidemic.he says the coalition has broader discovery powers than the counties alone, helping it gather more information quickly. he pointed to an op-ed he wrote in november that said th






florida legislature looks at combating opioid epidemic


tallahassee, fla. (ap) — despite having spent years investigating drug crimes and slayings in philadelphia, a florida sheriff told a state senate committee on tuesday that he hasn’t seen anything like the current opioid epidemic in florida.“when i first started in law enforcement in 1987 it was crack cocaine and the open air drug markets. then they moved to houses,” said volusia county sheriff michael chitwood. “now the addicted person sits in front of their computer and the postal service delivers to their homes.”combating opiate addiction will be a major priority of the florida legislature when next year’s session begins on jan. 9. chitwood was one of eight professionals from law enforcement, emergency services and treatment centers who testified in front of the health policy committee.g






the latest: hhs follows trump in declaring health emergency


washington — the latest on president donald trump and his speech on the opioid crisis (all times local):4:20 p.m.the acting health and human services secretary has officially declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency, as requested by president donald trump.eric d. hargan says in a statement that trump "has made this national crisis a top priority since he took office in january." and: "we are proud to be leading in this effort at hhs."the declaration does not provide any additional money to fight the opioid epidemic, but it does allow agencies to redirect resources.the centers for disease control and prevention says more than 140 americans die every day from drug overdoses — including 91 specifically from opioids.__3:20 p.m.president donald trump recalled his brother'






opioid use among south carolina medicaid recipients drops


charleston, s.c. (ap) — a new report shows that south carolina’s drug monitoring program is reducing the number of opioid prescriptions written for medicaid recipients in the state.the post and courier of charleston reported the university of south carolina conducted a study for the department of health and human services to see how the state’s prescription drug monitoring program was working.there was a 29 percent drop in the number of opioid prescriptions since the monitoring program started.in response to the opioid abuse epidemic, state health officials set up a monitoring program and made it mandatory for all doctors to check before prescribing opioids. the department of health and environmental control has the database used in the program.most read storiescyber sale! save 90% on digi






california atty. gen. xavier becerra announces probe of drugmakers over epidemic


citing an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across the country, state atty. gen. xavier becerra said friday that california is joining with more than 26 other states to investigate whether drugmakers have used illegal marketing and sales practices.becerra said the probe would focus on whether drug manufacturers have played a role in creating or extending the opioid problem.makers of opioids have been under heat in recent years as the addiction crisis has intensified. a 2016 times investigation revealed that purdue pharma, which manufactures oxycontin, knew its drug's painkilling effects might not last as long as long as marketed, which could potentially promote addiction. the investigation also found purdue pharma collected extensive evidence of criminal trafficking of its drug but in man






st. louis hard hit by opioid epidemic


st. louis (ap) — as missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been hit harder than st. louis.there were 23 heroin deaths per 100,000 city residents from 2012 to 2016 — the highest rate in missouri and nearly double the rate in jefferson county, which had the second-highest rate, the st. louis post-dispatch reported .the city of st. louis also leads the state in all types of opioid deaths and emergency room visits caused by prescription painkillers and heroin use.james shroba of the drug enforcement agency office in st. louis says 80 percent of heroin addicts start by abusing prescription painkillers. they eventually switch to heroin because it is easier to get and cheaper, selling for as little as $5 to $10 a dose.most read storiesunlimited digital acc






the u.s. has an opioid epidemic, and the trump administration is cracking down o


toby talbot, associated press filein 2015, drug overdoses took an estimated 52,000 american lives, about two-thirds of the cases tied to abuse of opioids, including oxycontin.police near daytona beach, fla., recently came upon an suv with the motor running and three little kids in the back. the parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose.the city of east liverpool, ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. as its facebook page explained, “it is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis.”an opioid epidemic is upon us. in 2015, drug overdoses took an estimated 52,000 lives, about two-thirds of the cases tied to opioid abuse. opioids






ohio sues five drug companies over opioid crisis


ohio attorney general mike dewine said on wednesday his office sued five major drug manufacturers, accusing them of misrepresenting the risks of prescription opioid painkillers and so helping fuel a sky-rocketing drug addiction epidemic.a growing number of state and local governments are suing drugmakers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for the opioid crisis.the five companies ohio sued were purdue pharma lp, johnson & johnson’s janssen pharmaceuticals inc unit, a unit of endo international plc, teva pharmaceutical industries ltd’s cephalon unit and allergan plc, dewine said during a press conference in columbus livestreamed online.he argued the drug companies spent millions of dollars to promote the drugs for profit while denying or trivializing their potential addictive






us approves monthly injection for opioid addiction


washington — u.s. health officials have approved the first injectable form of the leading medication to treat patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids.the monthly injection has the potential to reduce dangerous relapses that occur when patients stop taking their daily medication. but that benefit has not yet been established.the food and drug administration approved the injectable drug from indivior (in-div-ee-or) for adults with opioid use disorder who are already on stable doses of the addiction medication.the approval thursday comes amid the deadliest drug epidemic in u.s. history. more than 64,000 americans died from drug overdoses last year, mostly from opioids.indivior already sells the drug in medicated strips that dissolve under the t






trump plans to gut agency fighting opioid crisis — despite vowing to help suppor


while president donald trump vowed to help out communities that have been devastated by opioid addiction, his office of management and budget is proposing a massive 95% cut to the agency that’s leading the fight against opioid addiction.politico’s dan diamond reports that the white house “plans to effectively kill office of national drug control policy” by calling for a 95% funding cut that zeroes out “high-intensity drug trafficking and drug-free communities support programs.”per cbs news, the drug-free communities program is “is the nation’s largest drug prevention program and funds 5,000 local anti-drug community coalitions across the country” and “has also enjoyed broad bipartisan support.”diamond writes that advocates for drug addiction treatment are “terrified” that the proposed cuts






hull city's ryan mason recovering from skull fracture


sunday’s hull city-chelsea matchup was the sight of a terrifying injury to tigers midfielder ryan mason, who collided head-first with chelsea’s gary cahill.as both were leaping into the air, their two heads clashed together going for the ball. play was stopped immediately as everyone could tell mason was in bad shape when he collapsed in a heap to the ground. as it turns out, he suffered a skull fracture and had to be taken to the hospital.hull released a statement shortly after the game on mason’s condition confirming the skull fracture.the club can confirm that ryan mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at chelsea this afternoon.he was taken to st mary’s hospital where he has undergone surgery.ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few