Democrats, Sen. Murray take Trump to task for handling of opioid crisis

The Spokesman-Review – A group of Democratic Senators, including Patty Murray, D-Wash., accused the Trump administration of delaying much-needed action to fight opioid addiction in a letter signed Tuesday.

The letter, addressed to Richard Baum, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, raises concern over Republican attempts to cut Medicaid funding, which pays for substance abuse treatment for many patients, and the administration’s proposed budget, which included cuts to substance abuse programs within the Department of Health and Human Services.

“At the same time that the White House is pushing these devastating cuts, the Department of Justice has chosen to ignore the fact that addiction is a public health disease, choosing instead to treat it solely as a criminal justice issue,” the letter said, citing statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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