Notably missing from the president’s plan were safe injection sites which have popped up in some cities across the U.S. In an attempt to curb overdose deaths and the health crisis stemming from the opioid epidemic. On site, trained staff provides clean needles, administer’s naloxone and offers treatment options. A senior administration official said that the administration “has not taken a position in support of that intervention” at this time because they “have not seen clear and convincing evidence” that these sites reduce overdose deaths. There is decades worth of evidence, however, that these sorts of sites have led to reductions in diseases transmitted by needles, risky behavior, and more treatment.
“Right now, possession of these drugs is almost always a federal crime,” the official added.
Mr. Trump’s plan also calls on reducing the flow of illicit drugs across borders, expanded prosecution of opioid manufacturers, distributors and doctors, and scaling up local drug courts for offenders struggling with addiction.