Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Kellyanne Conway is Trump's Opioid Kingpin

President Donald Trump's war on opioids is beginning to look more like a war on his drug policy office. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a day. The main response so far has been to call for a border wall and to promise a "just say no" campaign. ... Conway touts her opioids effort as policy-driven, telling Politico recently that her circle of advisers help "formalize and centralize strategy, coordinate policy, scheduling and public awareness" across government agencies.

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"I haven't talked to Kellyanne at all and I'm from the worst state for this," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, which has the country's highest overdose death rate. "I'm uncertain of her role." The office of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), another leader on opioid policy, echoed that -- although Portman's wife, Jane, and Conway were both at the event with Melania Trump this week.

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Does this mean Kellyanne won't have time to be on television?

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-02-06 12:55 PM

Kellyanne will make a fool of herself in this position but it will be sort of sad for her because millions of Americans are going to associate her with the deaths which will continue. I honestly doubt there is much of anything the government could actually do to prevent those deaths but I wouldn't want to put myself in a position where I could be blamed for them.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-06 01:07 PM

Chrump's Kakistocracy spins it's wheels while Americans die.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-02-06 01:11 PM

Kelly Conway is not qualified for this job. She is a political hack in a position where an actual healthcare expert is needed. Her appointment is a slap in the face of anyone who thought the Trump Admin was going to do anything about the opioid addiction rate.

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-06 01:18 PM

The main response so far has been to call for a border wall and to promise a "just say no" campaign. ...

Everyone knows there are Drugs and then there are Alternate Drugs.

Kellyanne suggests we use the Alternate Drugs.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-06 01:19 PM

I'm sure she'll save many lives. Trump hires all the best people after all. He said so himself. So we know it's true.

And he cares too much about the average american to risk lives by putting unqualified people in important positions.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-06 01:22 PM

Is that the same as his Dealer?

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-02-06 01:26 PM

You can't fight a prescription opiate epidemic with a friggin' border wall! Dumbass. But you can fight such an epidemic with a crack down on the medical profession. (Not holding my breath.)

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-06 01:26 PM

Built the wall. That will stop all that fentanyl currently being mailed in from China.

#9 | Posted by catdog at 2018-02-06 01:27 PM

I'd be interested to know, do any of y'all who are conservatives think that building a wall is going to actually accomplish anything? My opinion is it will be laughed at by Mexico.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-06 01:47 PM

Did anyone kneel at the superbowl?

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-06 02:01 PM

--I'd be interested to know, do any of y'all who are conservatives think that building a wall is going to actually accomplish anything? My opinion is it will be laughed at by Mexico.

Progressives aren't against the wall because it won't work; they're terrified it might work to a significant extent.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-02-06 03:33 PM

Progressives aren't against the wall because it won't work; they're terrified it might work to a significant extent.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian

Nonsense. WE are all for good border security.

But, we are not xenophobes like Trumpsters.

And when did Trump ever become and expert on border security?

The answer is he didn't. He is a YUUUGE Liar AND he doesn't have a clue what he is talking about.

Might as well listen to the Pope tell you how to build rockets.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-06 05:24 PM

Someone has totally lost his marbles.

#14 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-06 05:28 PM

Progressives aren't against the wall because it won't work; they're terrified it might work to a significant extent.

#12 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-02-06 03:33 PM | FLAG:

Not at all. I would love to see you sweeping the floors at my favourite restaurants after you've spent the day picking the lettuce for my salad.

Build the wall. Make Nulli Great Again #MNGA.

#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-06 05:45 PM

30 foot wall, 31 foot ladders.

5' deep foundation, 10' deep tunnels.

#16 | Posted by Bubba10 at 2018-02-06 05:47 PM

Build the wall. Anyone scaling it, and then able to rappel down is a worker.
Plus the blooper reels of illegals getting mangled will be hilarious.

#17 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-02-06 05:49 PM

30 foot wall, 31 foot ladders.

5' deep foundation, 10' deep tunnels.

Posted by Bubba10 at 2018-02-06 05:47 PM | Reply

10 dollar inner tube. Float around the wall.

#18 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-06 05:52 PM

Progressives aren't against the wall because it won't work; they're terrified it might work to a significant extent.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian

Progressives are against the wall because it's an enormous waste of money. People can just fly over the wall and not leave. Duh. Somehow this simple fact is beyond the mental capacity of trump fans and putin supporters like yourself.

Wallhumpers like you and trump are too dumb to know it wont work because they live in a cartoon alternate reality where all our illegal immigrants snuck in through the desert.

The wall is a 100 billion dollar waste. You can't think of anything else our nation could do besides building a giant SYMBOL of our own ignorance in the desert?

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-06 06:08 PM

--Nonsense. WE are all for good border security.

Baloney. Dems want as loose as enforcement as possible. Sometimes they have a slip of the tongue and admit it.

"WASHINGTON – Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) said today that the idea of finishing the U.S.-Mexico border wall is "obsolete" and that the U.S. government should tear down the existing fencing.

#20 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-02-06 06:19 PM

Might as well listen to the Pope tell you how to build rockets.
#13 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

I'd take his advice on a rocket before taking trump's advise on a border security initiative.

#21 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-06 06:26 PM

I'd rather we make Mexico a state and move the border south. It's easier to get the jobs back that way.

Who's with me?

#22 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-06 06:31 PM

Baloney. Dems want as loose as enforcement as possible. Sometimes they have a slip of the tongue and admit it.

"WASHINGTON – Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) said today that the idea of finishing the U.S.-Mexico border wall is "obsolete" and that the U.S. government should tear down the existing fencing.

#20 | Posted by nullifidian

She's right dum dum. It's obsolete because you can fly over it in a plane. If you think that means she wants loose enforcement, then you're as dumb as every other trump voter he lies to.

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-06 06:56 PM

I honestly doubt there is much of anything the government could actually do to prevent those deaths

#2 | POSTED BY DANNI

The government could put far more effort into treatment, instead of simply paying it lip service.

#24 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-02-06 08:47 PM

I'd be interested to know, do any of y'all who are conservatives think that building a wall is going to actually accomplish anything? My opinion is it will be laughed at by Mexico.
Progressives aren't against the wall because it won't work; they're terrified it might work to a significant extent.

#12 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You are an idiot.
I can't speak for progressives but if you build a 20 foot high wall, they will build a 21 foot ladder or dig a tunnel. Why are you Teajadist Nazi's not smart enough to figure that out?

Besides after your hero Orange Adolf gets through destroying this country no Mexican will want to come here so you won't even need a poorly constructed chicken wire fence to keep them out.

It won't be long after Tiny Hands gets impeached when all you Nazi's will claim you never supported him and he is some sort of New York liberal.

#25 | Posted by Aborted_monson at 2018-02-06 09:06 PM

... Conway touts her opioids effort as policy-driven, telling Politico recently that her circle of advisers help "formalize and centralize strategy, coordinate policy, scheduling and public awareness" across government agencies.

That's ALWAYS been the problem. Driving efforts via policy and not evidence. Evidence-based practice is necessary to combat the ramifications of substance abuse. Politics is based on ego, not science. So what's the main issue? I still say big pharma. Big pharma necessitates politicization of combatting substance abuse. That's why people are just now getting up in arms about pregnant women smoking pot. They do so because it relieves morning sickness, reportedly. Too bad they don't know they are risking significant mental impairment for their child. So politicians blame medi-pot states and legalized states for instituting an epidemic of pregnant women smoking pot. Guess what?! There's no epidemic of pregnant women smoking cigarettes or drinking booze. Wonder why? It's because the government sanctioned hundreds of studies proving that alcohol and tobacco use while pregnant is significantly damaging to unborn children.

So, all those holyier-than-thou anti-pot activists in government bitching about the cultural shift that's plaguing pregnant women only have themselves to blame. They've blocked significant research focusing on cannabis. Even worse, they demonized it to the point where they delegitimized themselves as credible sources of information regarding public health. Want people to listen to you about health concerns surrounding cannabis use? Remove it from the Schedule I list of drugs. That's a great start to legitimizing yourselves in terms of drug policy. Otherwise, more pregnant women will ignore you when you say smoking pot is bad for the baby.

And nobody's gonna listen to Kelly Conway if she even utters 'Just say no.'

#26 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 09:13 PM

I honestly doubt there is much of anything the government could actually do to prevent those deaths but I wouldn't want to put myself in a position where I could be blamed for them.
#2 | POSTED BY DANNI

Yes, there is. Federally legalize medicinal marijuana and advocate doctors to prescribe cannabis as an agent to help ease opioid withdrawals.

THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE BASED!

#27 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 09:15 PM

Built the wall. That will stop all that fentanyl currently being mailed in from China.
#9 | POSTED BY CATDOG

The the significant driver of opioid abuse, but it might help. Can't say that $28 billion to stop fentanyl illegal imports is a rational investment, but whatever it takes, eh PERROGATO?

#28 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 09:20 PM

^ Sorry, missed the "mailed" portion of that post.

LOL

#29 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 09:21 PM

I wonder if the wall will also stop the Cubans from coming.

#30 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 09:23 PM

#20 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

I'm presuming your perception is that the Democrat intent of allowing more ILLEGALS in the country is meant to equate more votes for Dems, since Dems will give illegals free stuff. But my question to you is how are any of those illegals going to vote at all?

Is there an epidemic of illegal aliens casting valid votes?

#31 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 09:26 PM

--But my question to you is how are any of those illegals going to vote at all?

Apparently you haven't heard of this "path to citizenship" thing that democrats are desperate for.

#32 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-02-06 10:01 PM

Apparently you haven't heard of this "path to citizenship" thing that democrats are desperate for.
#32 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

You mean the one Trump is going to hand them for the Dreamers? Just so long as they pay for the Wall?

#33 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-06 10:04 PM

It doesn't matter. To "conservatives" the first step to solving any problem is to find someone to punish. They don't really think about what comes next...

#34 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-07 12:25 AM

100 feet deep. 100 feet high. 100 miles out into the ocean. Sharks with frickin lasers on their heads.

#35 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-07 02:12 AM

The main response so far has been to call for a border wall

A border wall around Walgreens?

#36 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-07 07:35 AM

To "conservatives" the first step to solving any problem is to find someone to punish.

They punished the pharma companies pushing these Opioids with a massive tax cut.

That'll show them.

#37 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-07 07:37 AM

And don't forget, if you are getting your opioids through Medicare Part D, Medicare pays full retail thanks to George W. Bush. No discounts like the VA gets because those drug companies need 100% of their profits that they now can pay less tax on.

#38 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-07 12:00 PM

"Yes, there is. Federally legalize medicinal marijuana and advocate doctors to prescribe cannabis as an agent to help ease opioid withdrawals. "

I agree with that and, as I have mentioned before, many patients forego opioids and use cannabis as a replacement for pain meds. My own daughter did that and she had quite extensive surgery but she feared getting addicted to opioids.

#39 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-07 12:04 PM

"Yes, there is. Federally legalize medicinal marijuana and advocate doctors to prescribe cannabis as an agent to help ease opioid withdrawals. "

I have to take several "doses" of medical MJ just to be able to tolerate "Alternate Facts" Conway for 5 minutes. Otherwise, I'd be hooked on opiates for sure by now.

#40 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-07 12:16 PM

It is simply a fact that Kellyanne Conway's existence causes thousands to take opioids just because they have seen her on TV. I feel like gobbling down a few dozen pills right now after reading that story that she is now designing policy to combat the epidemic of opioids.

#41 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-08 06:56 AM

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