Editor’s Note: The following message and backup information was provided by Rev. Dante Murphy; formerly of Shelby, former Pastor of Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church and Past President of the Cleveland County NAACP.
Rev. Murphy has again exhibited reason, critical thinking skills and common sense in reaching logical conclusions to social issues of our time. Especially from a person whose bona fides might lead some in our society to think the black community and the white community are not capable of coming together in agreement with President Trump on the need to build a physical barrier, a wall, on our Southern Border.
Ain’t it amazing what reason, critical thinking skills and common sense can do to bring a logical order out of chaotic partisan political propaganda. Build the wall, start the government back up.
From: Rev. Dante Murphy
To: Robert A. Williams
Subject: President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
In regard to that (last) article I wrote, I was amazed as to how quick and possibly easy it was for government to allocate 27 billion to the opioid crisis. I didn’t want to bog readers down with a lot of stats, but it just seems that Trump’s request of 25 billion for the wall is with in reason.
President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic
FY 2018 budget request includes $27.8 billion in drug control efforts
Washington, D.C. – Today, Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, announced drug-related requests in the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. The President’s Budget, submitted to the U.S. Congress today, supports $27.8 billion in drug control efforts including prevention, treatment, and law enforcement. Specifically, it supports $1.3 billion in investments for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act programs, 21st Century CURES Act programs, and other opioid-specific initiatives that seek to address the current epidemic.
“The President’s 2018 Budget calls for a larger investment in drug control policy than enacted FY 17 levels,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy. “By funding critical public health and public safety efforts, this budget demonstrates the Trump Administration’s commitment to stopping drugs from entering the country and supporting treatment efforts to address the burgeoning opioid epidemic.”
The FY 2018 Request includes:
• $12.1 billion for treatment and prevention efforts, and a $15.6 billion request for law enforcement, interdiction, and international initiatives.
• $10.8billion in treatment funding, which is an increase of nearly 2% from FY 2017 enacted levels. This includes $500million in State grants authorized in the 21st Century CURES Act to reduce opioid misuse and improve access to treatment, prevention, and recovery services.
• The budget request also secures our borders by investing $468.6 million in drug-related funding to support the President’s request for high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology to stem the flow of people, drugs, and other illicit material illegally crossing the border.
• A $246.5 million request for ONDCP’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program and a $91.9 million request for its Drug-Free Communities Support program – both are the highest funding amounts ever requested.
Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that the overall rate of current drug use among Americans 12 and older has been increasing gradually over the past 13 years, from 8.3 percent in 2002 to 10.1 percent in 2015—an increase of 22 percent. This increase is driven by an increase in marijuana use, rising from 6.2 percent in 2002 to 8.3 percent in 2014—an increase of 34 percent.
Earlier this year, President Trump created the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission, which is being chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is studying ways to combat and treat drug misuse, addiction, and the opioid epidemic. In coordination with ONDCP and the Office of American Innovation, it will make recommendations to the President for improving the Federal response to the opioid crisis.
For more information, visit www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp.
To view the budget in full, please visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy seeks to foster healthy individuals and safe communities by effectively leading the Nation’s effort to reduce drug use and its consequences.
For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp
ONDCP Public Affairs: 202-395-6618
Rev. Dante’ A. Murphy