Erin Canterbury, 39, a recovering prescription pill addict says she’s disappointed Trump hasn’t addressed the American opioid crisis, Raw Story reports.
Canterbury told CNN she voted for Trump because of how he spoke about his family’s struggles with addiction, but has found him lacking.
“He hasn’t done anything thus far,” Canterbury, a chief ambassador for Reliance Treatment Centers in New England said. “I don’t want to say I completely regret it. But he hasn’t done anything.”
Dean Lemrire, a recovering addict echoed that sentiment:
“If he had really asked and listened to anybody close to the issue, they would tell him that he has done everything wrong so far,” he said.
Trump has proposed giant cuts to Medicaid and the Drug-Free Communities Support program, two important resources for addicts.
“Uncertainty is sort of the mood of the movement here in New Hampshire,” said treatment advocate Tym Rourke. “We are working to build our state’s capacity, to build the workforce, but it is hard to do that in a moment where the services we have built could potentially be at risk.”
Additionally, former New Hampshire Republican legislator Joe Hannon said Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ prioritizing draconian, anachronistic drug prosecution policies won’t address the crisis.
“We have had a war on drugs for quite some time now and it is not getting better with what we are doing so I am not sure the same old approach is the answer,” he said.
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