Opioid commission member calls commission a ‘sham’

President Trump’s bipartisan commission on opioids is a “sham,” according to a report on CNN. Former Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy says no one is willing to “do anything about it.” The president declared the opioid epidemic a 90-day public health emergency last October, but didn’t make any funding available to treat the problem. Critics say Trump’s declaration was ineffective, and hasn’t slowed the number of overdose deaths from opioids. “This and the administration’s other efforts to address the epidemic are tantamount to reshuffling chairs on the Titanic,” Kennedy told CNN. “The emergency declaration has accomplished little because there’s no funding behind it. You can’t expect to stem the tide of a public health crisis that is claiming over 64,000 lives per year without putting your money where your mouth is.”