The toxic Trump presidency is an abomination, according to a new study published by The Hill.
“There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors,” Dr. Katherine Kudell, a leading expert on the topic, told The Hill in an interview.
The study, which examined more than 1,500 cases from 2017 through 2020, found that the president has done little to stop the opioid crisis, which is responsible for the deaths of more than 5,000 people a year in the United States.
Kudell is a professor at the University of Washington who specializes in substance abuse treatment and addiction.
She said that while Trump’s administration has focused on “dramatically curtailing access to opioids,” the president’s actions and statements have been “totally counterproductive to addressing the epidemic.”
The president has focused heavily on “curb[ing] access to drugs and alcohol,” Kudel said.
“He’s been quite transparent about that.”
“It’s been like the White House just put a little bit of glue on the whole thing,” Kuzell added.
In addition to reducing the supply of opioids, Trump’s policies have also increased demand for them.
He has signed several executive orders that reduce the amount of time it takes for people to get a prescription for opioids, cut funding for opioid treatment facilities, and has proposed the creation of a “crisis hotline” to provide help to people who are experiencing opioid addiction.
“He has a lot to do to try to curb the epidemic, but it’s not going to happen in a vacuum,” Kizell said.
Dr. Katherine B. Kudells, a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is the co-author of “Curing the Opioid Epidemic: A Blueprint for a New World.”
Kuzell said that she believes that the administration has been “quite transparent about the issue.”
She pointed to the opioid epidemic in 2016, when the president, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price signed an executive order that called for a new federal policy on opioid abuse.
A week later, a bill was introduced in the Senate that would have created a crisis hotline to offer help to those suffering from opioid addiction, but the measure failed to advance, according in a letter to The Hill by Kuzel, a member of the bipartisan Senate Health Committee.
“The problem is, the opioid addiction is a public health issue, and it’s important to have policies that are effective and preventative,” Kuell said.
“We’ve had presidents for decades, and there’s been some progress on this issue,” Kzell added, “but it’s a really complex problem.”
Kudel also noted that the number of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. has increased over the last two decades.
Over the same period, the rate of overdose deaths in the country has increased by 7 percent, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Centers, the number and types of opioids used in the past year have increased by 30 percent, while the rate for opioid-related deaths has increased 24 percent.
The opioid crisis has affected a wide range of Americans, including children, people with disabilities and those with chronic medical conditions.
For example, the epidemic is affecting young adults between the ages of 15 and 29 who are most likely to be prescribed opioids, according The Hill’s analysis.
Drug overdose deaths are rising in the black and Hispanic communities, and are also rising in areas with high rates of poverty.
Kuzel pointed to a 2016 report that found that about one in five black people aged 18-24 have taken opioids at some point in their lives.
More than half of them, 53 percent, have used opioids at least once, while 26 percent have taken them more than five times.
About one in seven Hispanic people aged 15-19 have used opioid drugs at some time in their life, while 27 percent have used them more often.
Kudels research has also found that white Americans are more likely than other groups to be affected by opioid addiction as well.
The Hill also reported that about 10 percent of white people have been prescribed opioids at one point in time, compared to about 2 percent of black and 3 percent of Hispanic people.
Kizell also pointed to another survey from 2017 that found a higher percentage of black Americans than other racial and ethnic groups were taking opioids at the time.
Kuell added that her research has found that there is a clear correlation between drug abuse and suicide rates, as well as higher rates of mental illness, depression and suicide.
She said the opioid overdose epidemic is not a new issue, but its current magnitude is unique and has been exacerbated by Trump’s rhetoric.
Kazakhs opioid epidemic, Kuzels research found, is not just an issue of opioid addiction or overdose, but of poverty, homelessness,