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Political Issue Analysis: The Legalization of Marijuana


The past several years, the United States has witnessed an increase in the use of heroin. President Trump recently declared a “National Public Health Emergency” to combat this “opioid crisis.”

“Elements of the directive include:

  • Allow patients further access to “telemedicine” so they can receive prescriptions without seeing a doctor

  • Make grants available to those who have had trouble finding work due to addiction

  • The Department of Health and Human Services will hire more people to address the crisis, particularly in rural areas

  • Allows states to shift federal funds from HIV treatments to opioids, since the two are linked as drug users often share infected needles”