How did this crisis get out of control? Well, a big part of it is that for decades, a lot of doctors were freely prescribing opioids to treat any level of pain. Doctors would just give out pills for everything: back pain, toothaches, fomo, whatever. And once people were addicted, they were desperate to get their pills, and the pharmaceutical industry was more than happy to keep selling them.
TV REPORTER: Jim Geldhof, a 40-year DEA veteran, ran pharmaceutical investigations from DEA’s Detroit field office. They saw distributors shipping thousands of suspicious orders. One example, a pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia, a town of just 392 people, ordered nine million hydrocodone pills over two years. Nine million pills for 400 people? Even if one of those people is Charlie Sheen, that still leaves eight million pills unaccounted for.
Now, you would think this would be an easy problem to solve, right? You just get the DEA into shutdown the pill distributor that’s flooding the market with all these drugs. The problem is, last year that bitch-ass (bleep) in Congress, unanimously passed a law. I said it unanimously passed a law, greatly cutting the DEA’s power to go after these shady pill distributors.
And if you’re wondering, “But, Danny, “why would Congress pass a law helping to protect drug companies in the middle of a drug crisis?” Well, it’s because of the thing that they’re addicted to money. We wanted to find out just how much the pharmaceutical industry spends lobbying members of Congress. Drugmakers and their advocacy groups spent close to $250 million last year.
That surges to nearly $2.5 billion dollars over the past decade. The industry consistently ranks at the top when it comes to money spent on lobbying. Gun rights lobbying last year totaled about $10.5 million. That is just about four percent of what the pharmaceutical industry spent. That’s right, the pharmaceutical industry spends so money lobbying Congress.
They got to write the law that crippled the DEA, which is insane. $250 million and you can write your own law. Don’t you think that we all want to write our own laws? Don’t you think I want to write my own laws? The no-speed-limit-for people-with-dimples law? Don’t you think I think that should be a thing? So the opioid crisis is huge and the pharmaceutical industry isn’t really interested in helping.
But, fortunately, my friends, as we saw in August, there’s one man who gets it. The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re gonna spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. Now, we want to laugh, but that was huge. Declaring the opioid crisis an official, national emergency, that is a big step because when the president does that, the government can start using money from a multi-billion-dollar fund to fight the problem.
Donald Trump, getting it done. All he had to do was sign the paperwork, which he took care of this afternoon. Effective today, my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law. That’s right, people. Trump finally came through. Give him a round of applause. Don’t be haters. Give him a round of applause. Stop hating. Give him a round of applause. He did it.
He declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, which I just realized is not a thing. Goddam, he got us again. No, no, because it’s subtle, but there, they’re two different things. There’s a national emergency and there’s a public health emergency. It’s a small word change, but it makes a big difference. It’s like saying “12-inch ” versus “12 inches.” You see a national emergency means the government would have had access to $23 billion to help fight the opioid epidemic.
That’s what Trump promised. What Trump actually signed was a public health emergency, which gives the government access to a fund that currently has $57,000 in it. That’s a huge difference. If you had to go to rehab, who would you want to fund it, the CEO of Verizon or Craig, who works at Verizon? Now, you know what, this isn’t even one of those days where I’m angry at Trump. I’m disappointed.
Because what he delivered was very far from the promise. You know? It’s vaguely similar, but it’s not the same thing. It’s like if Trump stood at the border in a few years and was like, “Ladies and gentlemen, “I’m proud to announce my big, beautiful “Walgreens. “No Mexicans allowed. “And guess who paid for it? Mexico’s neighbor, America.” The words change everything. So, once again, President Trump did not fail to disappoint.
If you want to know more Trump’s speech on the opioid crisis, you can watch the video below:
But you know what, there’s really nothing to worry about because we’ve already seen that Donald Trump can handle the drug crisis all by himself. Raise your hands, kids. I promise Donald J. Trump that I will never take drugs. I don’t want to say “no alcohol,” but take it easy on the alcohol, right? ALL: Take it easy on the alcohol. And you know what else? No cigarettes, right? No cigarettes. He’s the best American Trump president ever.