The next four years are shaping up to be a difficult time for many in the U.S. But a number of presidential candidates are making some good points.
They are, among other things, promising to get tough on the opioid epidemic and use federal money wisely to tackle opioid addiction.
Here are five of them: Donald Trump The Republican front-runner has been outspoken about the opioid addiction crisis and the need to take the federal government out of the business of regulating it.
He has said that his administration should use “all of the resources” at its disposal to tackle this problem, but he has not offered specifics.
“We will not take federal dollars from the opioid industry,” Trump said in March, adding that he would “take care of it.”
Trump also told the conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt that he was “totally against the federal intervention in the opioid market.”
“We’re not going to go down that road,” Trump told Hewitt.
“I’m not going down that path.
We’re going to be totally focused on the problem.”
Hillary Clinton Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is also making a case for tackling the opioid problem.
Her campaign said that Trump’s position on opioids “represents a dangerous double standard.”
The former secretary of state has also promised to cut funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to combat the opioid outbreak.
“Hillary Clinton believes that all Americans have a responsibility to stop taking drugs at work, at home, and in school, so we can keep the streets safe and the economy working,” Clinton said in a statement.
“She is also committed to taking on the powerful pharmaceutical industry, the opioid manufacturers and the drug companies that sell the addictive painkillers to the American people.”
John Kasich The Ohio governor is a relatively new face on the national scene.
He started his political career as a Republican, and has been a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act.
Kasich has also called for a national ban on the use of opioids in order to protect the public.
“Ohioans deserve to know that we are taking every action necessary to end the opioid abuse crisis,” Kasich said in June.
“It’s clear the American public wants more action, and it’s not time for delay.”
The governor has also been a strong advocate for marijuana legalization.
In November, he said he supports legal marijuana, saying, “It will be one of the first things we do if we get a majority.”
Jeb Bush The former governor of Florida has been more of a soft-spoken, hands-off leader on the issue.
But as he enters the presidential race, he is calling for more action.
“As a result of our war on drugs, more than 4 million Americans have died from drug overdoses, and the numbers are rising,” Bush said in January.
Ted Cruz The Texas senator has also come out strongly in support of legalizing marijuana. “
Every American should have access to quality, affordable treatment, and I will work with Congress to get the president’s proposed budgets approved and passed.”
Ted Cruz The Texas senator has also come out strongly in support of legalizing marijuana.
“If we want to get this done, we need a Congress that is willing to put forth the resources necessary to enforce the law and protect our children,” Cruz said in April.
“When it comes to our drug policies, we should not be in the business and operating on a moral basis.
We need to be in this business to protect and support our citizens.”
Marco Rubio The Florida senator has been an outspoken critic of Obama’s opioid crisis.
In a May op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Rubio said that the president has failed to tackle “the underlying root causes of this epidemic.”
“The federal government’s role in regulating the opioid painkiller market is misguided, costly and counterproductive,” Rubio wrote.
“The president’s budget blueprint includes a $20 billion increase in federal spending for prevention, treatment and prevention of the opioid pandemic, but it also leaves a large gap of money for drug treatment.”
Ben Carson Ben Carson is a staunch opponent of the federal drug war, and he has been one of President Trump’s most vocal opponents on the drug.
Carson has also expressed support for the legalization of marijuana.
In March, he tweeted: “We should treat marijuana like alcohol.
I have supported this position on several occasions.”
In April, Carson told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he supports a federal legalization program.
“You can legalize anything,” Carson said.
“But you can’t get high off marijuana.”
Lindsey Graham Lindsey Graham is the former Republican senator from South Carolina who is running for president.
He also called the federal opioid crisis a “public health emergency.”
“It is a crisis, and we’re not dealing with an individual crisis,” Graham told Fox Business host Stuart Varney on April 9.
“This is a national crisis, which is not going away, and so I think we need Congress to be able to get it right, and to take all of the tools