Trump Vowed to ‘Take Care’ of Opioid Crisis. Some See Few Signs of Action.

“There really isn’t anything this commission is going to figure out that we don’t know already,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, who directs opioid policy research at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. “What we need is an enormous federal investment in expanding access to addiction treatment, and for the different federal agencies that have a piece of this problem to be working in a coordinated fashion.”

Many experts, including Dr. Kolodny, say they believe that former President Barack Obama was also slow and, until the end of his tenure, ineffective at addressing the opioid problem. Some think his administration was so focused on rolling out the Affordable Care Act that it overlooked the public…

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