By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Because most of the mainstream media serves as nothing more than a propaganda division for the Garbage Party, Americans who get all of their news from those outlets have no idea of the accomplishments the Trump administration has made and continues to make.
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POLITICO couldn’t even let a headline stand that was complimentary of the Trump administration over widespread bipartisan passage of the United States Mexican Canada Agreement, the trade deal replacing NAFTA and one of President Donald Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promises.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most outlets are not trumpeting the administration’s amazing progress in combatting the opioid epidemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in recent years.
Rather, the Democrat media is hyper-focused on the phony baloney impeachment of President Trump, though CNN did take some time out of its busy broadcast schedule to convene a panel so they could all complain about Sen. Martha McSally’s (R-Ariz.) very accurate characterization of a correspondent as a “Left-wing hack.”
In any event, and to be fair, The New York Times, thought enough of the administration’s accomplishment to provide the details, considering, again, that the opioid epidemic is Public Health Issue No. 1:
Three decades of ever-escalating deaths from drug overdoses in the United States may have come to an end, according to preliminary government data made public Wednesday. Total drug overdose deaths in America declined by around 5 percent last year, the first drop since 1990.
The decline was due almost entirely to a dip in deaths from prescription opioid painkillers, the medicines that set off the epidemic of addiction that has lasted nearly two decades. Fatal overdoses involving other drugs, particularly fentanyl and methamphetamine, continued to rise.
The Hill also reported on this amazing development:
Jim Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Friday that the United States has seen aÂ dropÂ in drug overdose deaths for the first time in nearly three decades.
â€œ[For the] first time in almost 30 years, weâ€™ve seen a decline in the number of Americans dying from an overdose â€” itâ€™s a 5 percent reduction,â€ Carroll, who was appointed byÂ President TrumpÂ in 2018, told Hill.TV.
“Itâ€™s a result of everything â€” itâ€™s working on the supply of drugs that are coming in but itâ€™s also working on demand. Itâ€™s getting more people into treatment and itâ€™s spreading the message on prevention,” he added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Â estimated that 70,237Â people diedÂ of aÂ drug overdose in 2017, with synthetic opioids such as fentanyl being the main driver behind those deaths. On average, the CDC estimates thatÂ 130 Americans die every dayÂ from an opioid overdose.Â
The Trump administration made tackling the epidemic a priority and, since the president is a results-oriented leader who isn’t interested in mere ‘process,’ his people are making a difference in saving lives.
Oh, and they are doing so without focusing on putting habit-hooked abusers in prison because that doesn’t do much good, according to The Epoch Times:
Carroll commended some local officials for trying to look past incarceration as a means to solve the epidemic, and instead looking for ways to offer treatment. Instead of arresting drug users, the goal is to treat and educate them as an individual. Carroll stated that this method had made a difference in the community.
â€œWe really need to put our arms around these people who have an addiction and say, â€˜Weâ€™re here to help, weâ€™re going to deal with the problems that you have and weâ€™re going to treat you as an individual,'” Carroll said.
There is still a long way to go in reducing opioid overdose deaths — including interdicting the smuggling of fentanyl and other substances by cartels south of the border and China — but the Trump administration is making progress.
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