ICYMI: Associated Press: In drug crisis hotbed, hoping for action on Trump’s words


As Trump heads to Ohio today to talk about the Trump tax, many Ohioans would rather see him take action on the opioid epidemic, after he has done nothing and his policies have only made this crisis worse.


Associated Press: In drug crisis hotbed, hoping for action on Trump’s words


By Dan Sewell


CINCINNATI (AP) — President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Monday to make Cincinnati-area stops focusing on the new tax overhaul — though some in a state with one of the nation’s highest overdose rates would rather hear more about his plans for the drug crisis.


In Newtown, outside Cincinnati, Police Chief Tom Synan said he found Trump’s comments on opioids in his State of the Union address to be “much of the same. There are very convincing words and there’s yet to be very convincing actions.”


Synan, a law enforcement representative on the Cincinnati-based Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, wrote a column recently for The Cincinnati Enquirer calling for more urgency in the national response.


Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency in October, he wrote, hasn’t been backed by more federal funding.


“We need that help to allow us to get to the next level,” Synan said in an interview. “There are so many more things that could be done, so many more people we could help.”


The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment. Trump on Tuesday night cited the deaths of 64,000 Americans from drug overdoses in 2016, a number expected to rise in 2017.


“It is terrible,” Trump said. “We have to do something about it.”