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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Trump’s Budget Doubles Down On The Drug War

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for more money for Trump’s quixotic border wall than to actually address opioids.

In contrast with the Obama administration, which sought to tip the balance between law enforcement and treatment and prevention by tilting funding toward more counselors than cops, the Trump budget tilts back toward law enforcement.

The budget would also gut the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP, the drug czar’s office), a move that is alarming mainstream critics of Trump’s drug policies, but one that more radical critics of drug prohibition—on both the leftand the right—are not too upset about.…

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Americans Are Dying Because They Can’t Afford Medicine

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

A 38-year-old second-grade teacher and mom in Texas died of the flu this week after she’d delayed picking up her prescription medication because couldn’t afford the $116 copay. By Friday night, Heather Holland’s condition had worsened and she was taken to the hospital. She died Sunday morning.

This year’s flu is among the deadliest in decades, killing approximately 4,000 Americans per week according to the CDC.

It seems like basic common sense that in our developed nation where medications and trained healthcare professionals are readily available, no one should be dying from the flu or any other illnesses just because they can’t afford to pay for basic medicine.…

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