President Trump will be in New Hampshire today to promote another new plan to combat the opioid crisis. Back in Washington, the Energy and Commerce Committee is scheduled to get the ball rolling this week on 25 opioid-related bills.
The headline: Trump’s new plan will, among other things, allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for some drug dealers, Axios’ Khorri Atkinson reports.
- The plan also calls for stepped-up research into alternative pain treatments and more support for drug courts — which was also a priority in the White House’s last big opioid strategy.
The big picture: Realistically, any comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic would have to involve both public health and law enforcement. This is a problem that stems in large part from legitimate prescriptions, but which has also spiraled into illegal drugs.
- The big question, though, is how the White House will balance the two as it decides where to focus its time, energy and money.
Meanwhile, Energy and Commerce has a hearing scheduled Tuesday on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s role in combating the epidemic and then will meet Wednesday to talk about the bills to help address the crisis.