Day 279 (October 26, 2017)
In today’s issue: Just say no.
Today Trump announced that he’s directing the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
While an important step this isn’t exactly what he promised to do. Trump promised to declare a national emergency on opioids which would have resulted in a substantial amount of federal funding. This, on the other hand, grants a limited amount of grant money and eases regulations.
Not quite the same thing. And not really as effective.
“This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs, it’s really, really easy not to take them.”
People were quick to realize that this echoed Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign — which was a failure. Below is a round-up of these reactions.
The Just Say No campaign is a way for this administration to talk the talk but not walk the walk. While it may sound like Trump is making this a priority on his agenda, he’s not exactly shelling out enough money to reflect that.
Another one of his messages: drugs are bad.
There’s a real lack of creativity these days, and a real lack of effort, in the art of persuasion. Trump really just mailed it in with this one.
He also thinks that “really great advertising” will keep kids off drugs. No further suggestions or direction from POTUS.
Just a horrible show of leadership today (lest we say everyday) from Trump. Our country is dealing with a drug crisis that has claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016. We need resources. We need money. We need direction. And we need action. Yet, Trump is taking the easy way out. This is clearly not a priority for him, and, unfortunately, the future on this issue remains grim.
Just say no, to Trump.