On the morning of April 15, 2018, the president of the United States was sitting in the Oval Office, watching the news.
As the cameras clicked to show him, the nation was awash in news about opioid overdoses and the rise of heroin use in the U.S. As he watched, the world came to a halt.
Trump had just been inaugurated as the 45th president of a country that has spent more than $1 trillion on opioids and more than 2 million Americans died from overdoses in the first four months of 2018.
The president had just watched his country turn a corner from one of the worst drug crises in its history, and the world was watching him.
Trump’s words were like a tsunami sweeping across the globe.
The wave hit the president at a moment of crisis.
The moment Trump spoke, he had already taken on a role that was uniquely his.
He had become a hero to millions.
The country was about to lose its first major drug czar, and its first attorney general.
He was on the front lines of a war that was becoming the new war on drugs, and he was suddenly the hero of millions.
What he had done that day was unprecedented.
For the first time, a president had declared war on the opioid epidemic.
But it was just the beginning.
As heroin and prescription painkillers became more popular and easier to obtain, the U:S.
government began spending tens of billions of dollars on the war on opioids.
The war on opioid use was being waged against a person, against a drug, against the most powerful drug that has affected our lives in our lifetimes.
The government was fighting a war against the very people it was sworn to protect.
As a result, Americans were becoming addicted to drugs, with a nearly two-fold increase from 2015 to 2020, according to the most recent federal data available.
Americans were using drugs like crack cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, methamphetamines and synthetic opioids, all the same drugs.
The drug war in America has left an enormous toll on our communities and our communities’ families.
Millions of Americans have died from overdose, and millions more have been injured, while millions more are in treatment or rehab.
Americans are living in fear that they are not alone in their struggles with addiction, that the war against drugs is an extension of the war waged against black people.
For a brief period, Trump was the nation’s most powerful and visible drug czarmaker.
By now, he is the most popular president in the history of the drug czarship, and his administration has expanded its reach to include the DEA, which is responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act.
As president, Trump has taken on more than 30 opioid czars.
He has made the opioid crisis the centerpiece of his presidency, and in the process, he has pushed the U.:S.
into a new era of drug control, one that has changed the way Americans think about drugs, society and the drug war.
For years, President Trump has been known for saying he would crack down on the drug epidemic, a phrase that he has used repeatedly since his election in November 2020.
He used it in April 2020 during a meeting with congressional leaders to announce his plan to increase funding for the DEA to fight the opioid problem.
The meeting was the first of many.
Since then, the DEA has taken a much more aggressive approach to the opioid drug crisis.
In the months since, Trump’s administration has issued hundreds of orders and decrees to increase the enforcement of the law.
He also ordered the DEA and the U.;S.
attorneys to make life harder for drug traffickers.
In September 2020, he signed an executive order that directed the Justice Department to crack down even harder on drug traffickers, charging them with drug trafficking offenses even though most of those crimes are considered misdemeanors.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has also become much more proactive in the fight against the drug crisis, ramping up raids on facilities, arresting people who are trying to get their hands on illegal drugs and using other tactics to prosecute people who commit the most egregious drug offenses.
has also taken a greater interest in enforcing the drug laws.
The DEA has seized more than 300,000 pounds of marijuana from facilities that are believed to be dealing in the illegal drug trade.
This year, the agency seized nearly 10,000 kilograms of cocaine, and it has been busy cracking down on dealers who distribute methamphetamine.
The Trump administration has also launched an effort to crackdown on the black market, a phenomenon that has seen the U;S.
lose millions of dollars to organized crime in recent years.
In his first year in office, Trump had signed several executive orders targeting the black drug market, including one that made it easier to buy marijuana.
And in January 2019, he launched the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which would have allowed the government to prosecute terrorism financing and money laundering as well as other crimes. The