While the abuse of prescription opioids is a massive problem in America, Trump is ignoring the problems of those who elected him.
The generally held assumption of the standard Trump voter is that they’re either short on intellect, high on racism…or on drugs. We choose not to understand them. They must be. It is, of course, why they shot to such angry prominence, both in the voting booth, and certain outdoor lighting sections of Home Depot.
With that being said, it seems that one of the above stereotypes might actually be true, as research dictates that the regions who voted for Trump were also those subject to heavy opioid use.
Now, the abuse of opioids is no joke, as Percocet, Vicodin, and Demerol are the leading the charge in the growing prescription issue in America. However, these brands broken up by county correlates with strong voter support for Trump. This is according to a team of doctors and public health researchers explain in their recent study first published in Journal of the American Medical Association.
Simply put, counties that had a higher-than-average opioid prescription in 2015 were the same counties that possessed a higher-than-average Republican voter base during the 2016 general election.
The maps above and below show the similarity between the two. According to those of the study, of the 3.7 million enrollees whose files were examined, 60per cent were female and just 18 per cent were younger than 65-years old. Approximately 81 percent identified as white. The southern part of the US seems to be the crossover between opioid use and voting for Trump.
The researchers put their findings thusly: “This association is related to underlying county socioeconomic characteristics that are common to both chronic opioid use and voting patterns…particularly characteristics pertaining to income, disability, insurance coverage, and unemployment.”
Now, we’re not saying that drug abuse elevated Donald to the White House, but he certainly knew that it was a pointed issue for residents. To that end, Trump declared the opioid crisis a national Public Health Emergency in October 2017.
With that being said, he’s also undone his own logic, saying of the solution is not doing it in the first place: “Just don’t start. If you don’t start, you won’t get addicted.”
Elsewhere in the Trump administration, they similarly don’t get it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the U.S. Opioid Summit in Florida back in February. His solution was that Americans should “tough it out” with over-the-counter medications for pain relief. “This nation has got to get its head straight on it,” Sessions said.
I mean, geez. They’re Americans, Donald. And they got you elected. They’re your Americans.
Clearly, the solution isn’t cold turkey, it’s action from the elephant. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Between 2016 and 2017, drug overdose deaths — predominantly driven by opioids — rose by 12 per cent.
At least there’s plenty of time before the next election.
Jesus, what a world.