The main objective of his executive order to create a commission that is tasked with publishing a report on what to do about America's deadliest drug crisis ever.  The administration's decision to prioritize this urgent public health issue is promising.  Drug policy experts are already calling the commission a meaningless step in the battle aganist the opioid problem, particulary since Trump wants to cut funding for opioid treatment.  That would be a proposed $100 million in cuts to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's mental health block grants, which would impact some addiction services."

From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those.

As reported by the Surgeon General's report state, "Substance use disorder treatment in the United States remains largely segregated from the rest of health care and serves only a fraction of those in need of treatment.  Only 10 percent of people with an addiction of any kind get treatment, and more than 40 percent also have a mental health condition, yet fewer than half get treatment.

Approximately 50% of non-medical users of prescription opioids get them from friends or relatives: 25% get them by prescription from multiple prescribers, most receive the prescriptions from one doctor.

Several states and local governments have instiituted lawsuits aganist some of the pharmaceutical companies.  The main target isPurdue Phara, the manufacture of the now infamous OxyContin. Purdue has jus laid off all of its sales staff.  Walgreens has also been targeted due to the volume of prescriptios filled, should have raised concerns in certain areas.