President Donald Trump speaks about his plan to combat opioid drug addiction at Manchester Community College, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Manchester, N.H., even as more Republicans are telling Trump in ever blunter terms to lay off his escalating criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller and his Russia probe. But …

Taxpayers Fund ‘Study’ Linking Trump Support to Opioid Abuse

In an interview with NPR, Goodwin said that, in reviewing places hardest hit by opioid abuse and those with strong Trump support, “there was a clear overlap between counties that had high opioid use … and the vote for Donald Trump.”

Close-up of an opened prescription bottle, labelled as containing the opioid hydrocodone, as a number of its pills lie on a white surface, March 14, 2017. (Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images)

House Passes Bipartisan Opioid Bill

The House passed a major opioid bill on Friday that will serve as the vehicle to send to the Senate to combat the crisis.

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First Lady Points to New HHS Opioid Resources in ‘Be Best’ Spirit

First Lady Melania Trump emphasized protecting the “most vulnerable” on Monday, issuing a statement in support of new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) information on accessing state help for treating babies born to opioid-addicted mothers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Robert Patterson make an announcement about new tools to combat the opioid crises, at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DOJ to Target Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

The U.S. Department of Justice is targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors who use false, deceptive, or unfair marketing to promote dangerously addictive drugs. The DOJ intends to recover the costs of treatment and providing for the public’s safety. The Justice Department will also be filing a Statement of Interest in a lawsuit that includes hundreds of plaintiffs against the drug’s manufacturers and distributors.

West Virginia, a mountainous state of less than two million people, is among one of the hardest hit communities in the US which is facing an epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse

Oregon Bill to Make Heroin, Cocaine Possession a Misdemeanor

A bill that would reduce drug felonies to misdemeanors for first-time possessions of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other hard drugs passed through the Oregon state legislature on Thursday and is likely to be signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.

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Newborn Exposure to Drugs Triples in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The number of newborn babies who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol in Louisiana has tripled since 2008, mostly due to the massive rise and popularity of heroin being trafficked into the state through the U.S. southern border.

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Macklemore, Obama Talk Drug Addiction in MTV Documentary

MTV is launching a documentary unit called MTV Docs, and the network’s first one-hour documentary will see Macklemore interviewing President Obama in Prescription for Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis.

Afghanistan, Chaparh?r : An Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on April 19, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and …

Report: Islamic State Cuts Opium, Heroin Production in Taliban Country

The Islamic State (ISIL/IS) is eradicating Afghan opium and heroin production, a major source of revenue for their rival the Taliban, arguing that it is illegal, Voice of America (VOA) has learned from farmers of the illicit crop the eastern part of the country.