White House To Effectively Kill Office Leading Fight Against Opioids

Trump seeks devastating cuts to the Office of Drug Policy despite ongoing opioid crisis

White House To Effectively Kill Office Leading Fight Against Opioids

Trump's proposal would cut funding to the Office of National Drug Control Policy by about 95 percent.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has proposed major ONDCP budget cuts for fiscal year 2018 that would cut 33 employees, almost half the office staff, along with intelligence, research and budget functions at the agency, as well as the Model State Drug Laws and Drug Court grant programs.

"These drastic proposed cuts are frankly heartbreaking", wrote Baum, whose position is also referred to as "drug czar". "Reports that suggest budgetary numbers or policy decisions are premature and subject to change".

As of early Friday, the website for the agency was replaced with a blank page and the message: "Check back soon for more information". But it quickly leaked out, causing alarm in the tightknit addiction help community and among lawmakers.

America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis.

"I will make sure the Trump administration and the attorney general understand how integral these programs are to states like ours who are on the front line of the opioid crisis", the Republican chief executive said. Agencies can appeal, and Baum wrote in his email that he and others have been trying. "I don't want to see this happen". "These conversations are ongoing". "We hope to turn this around". In particular, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program works hand in hand with law enforcement across West Virginia to keep risky drugs out of our communities. Jeanne Shaheen said. "This reckless move would pull the rug out from under critical federal opioid response efforts and hinder New Hampshire's efforts to combat this devastating epidemic".

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"We haven't had a final document and I think it would be ridiculous to comment on a draft version of something at this point, " she said.

A budget office spokesman said the budget "is still under review and is not by any means a finalized document".

$388 million for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, an $8 million increase over the previous year and $73 million more than the Obama administration requested.

"The reality is that ONDCP is an agency in dire need of reform", said Grant Smith, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, who said that the grant programs being cut "are a phenomenal waste of money that contribute to the incarceration and stigmatization of drug users".

But since Trump took office, advocates and lawmakers have expressed concern over a lack of action. The Order stated that the ONDCP would be providing support for the Commission. In a letter to senior White House adviser Reed Cordish, dozens called on the White House to maintain ONDCP's funding and strong national influence.

The 2018 budget would also eliminate grant programs administered by the drug control office. Trump has yet to name his choice for director.

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