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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:03

How Trump lets 175 Americans die every day

Written by  Dana Milbank

Americans are dying at the rate of 175 a day from opioid overdoses, but President Trump has yet to deliver his promised strategy to end the crisis.

And so the people’s representatives, in the absence of presidential leadership, did about the only thing they could do.

They had a day of opioid karaoke.

There wasn’t actual music. But it was open-mic day Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The panel invited members of Congress to take the witness seat and, in three minutes or less, sing a sad song about how the opioid crisis is ruining the lives of their constituents.

“In Oregon alone more people died last year from drug overdoses than from car accidents,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R).

“The opioid epidemic is having devastating consequences in my home state” of New Jersey, said Rep. Frank Pallone (D).

“In 2016, more than 2,000 opioid deaths in Michigan alone,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R).

“North Carolina has a real problem on its hands,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D).

“There are enough bottles of painkillers in circulation for nearly every Hoosier to have one of their own,” said Rep. Susan Brooks (R) of Indiana.

“Five-hundred and one New Mexicans died overdose-related deaths,” said Rep.

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