Proposed cuts conflict with Trump’s executive order on drug addiction

It was only a little over a month ago that President Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that will be chaired by New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

In it, the order stated that the commission would be receiving support from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, but a new memo states that unit may be the victim of a 95-percent decrease in budget.

The memo from the Office of Management and Budget for proposed cuts to take place in 2018 reveal that the ONDCP’s staff would practically be cut in half, and will also slash research and grant programs associated with it.

Two of those are the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – or HIDTA – and the Drug-free Communities Support programs, because, as the memo stated, they are “duplicative of other efforts across Federal government and supplant State and local responsibilities.”

ONDCP Acting Director Richard Baum called the proposed cuts “heartbreaking” in an office-wide email.

This is part of the OMB’s budget process and its instructions to the various federal agencies to put together a potential budget before it goes before Congress for approval.

H/T: CBS News

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