Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nation in pain: Why isn’t government doing something?

Former BJ reporter Ted Gup, writer in residence at Durham University in Britain, writes a powerful article about his son’s heroin death.

Ted Gup
4,000 died from drug overdoses in Ohio last year, equal to 60% of the total killed in Afghanistan and Iraq for the entire length of those wars.

Half a million have died in America since 2000, which is more than the number of Americans killed in World War II.

But the one that hit Ted the hardest is the death of his 21-year-old son, David.

Yet President Trump proposed a 95% slash in the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

So, Ted asks, why isn’t Trump, the Senate and the House whipping into action, as their offices did after 9/11, when 100 Americans a day a dying from drug overdoses?

Since 2009, Ted has chaired the Emerson College (Boston) journalism department. He also taught at Case Western Reserve University, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.

He and wife Peggy live in Boston and Bucksport, Maine. Their other child is Matthew.

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