Congressman Tim Ryan Bashes President Trump for Eliminating Agency Charged with Combating Opioid Epidemic

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to today’s reports that President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget would effectively eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy – the agency charged with combating the opioid crisis and other drug epidemics. According to reports published today by Politico.

“Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump pledged to address the opioid and prescription drug epidemic that is tearing apart communities across the country, yet his budget shows that those were hollow words. This epidemic is costing our nation $700 billion nationally in health, crime and lost productivity costs, but that is nothing compared to the toll it is taking on our families and friends. Now President Trump is turning his back on these men and women when they need our help the most. This agency contains important programs like Drug Free Communities that helps prevent youth substance abuse, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, which in Ohio has removed over $90 million in wholesale value of illicit drugs from the marketplace.  I call on President Trump to not make this irresponsible decision and instead increase funding for these important programs and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. We need to do more, not less,” said Congressman Ryan.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy received $388 million in federal funding in Fiscal Year 2017, but according to reports it would only receive $24 million in Fiscal Year 2018.