The eliminations involve the high-intensity drug-trafficking area program, which just received — under a catchall government-wide spending bill signed by President
"We have a heroin and prescription drug crisis in this country and we should be supporting efforts to reverse this tide, not proposing drastic cuts to those who serve on the front lines of this epidemic," said
The proposal says the Trump budget would result in a "smaller, more streamlined organization that can more effectively address drug control issues."
During the campaign, Trump vowed to combat the nation's growing opioid epidemic, which has ravaged many of the rural areas and small working-class towns where the Republican drew a lot of support. And in March, Trump commissioned a new addiction task force to help combat the opioid crisis, tapping his friend and former rival
"The president has made very clear that the opioid epidemic in this country is a huge priority for him," said
The document is a preliminary
The proposal could cut staffing for the office by 33 full-time workers, according to the leaked email by acting drug office director
"I have been encouraged by the Administration's commitment to addressing the opioid epidemic, and the President's personal engagement on the issue," Baum said. "These drastic proposed cuts are frankly heartbreaking and, if carried out, would cause us to lose many good people who contribute greatly to ONDCP's mission and core activities."
Trump's new addiction commission is to work with local officials, law enforcement, medical professionals and addicts to improve treatment options, prevent people from getting hooked in the first place and stop the flow of drugs across the border. Trump signed an executive order formally establishing the commission, which is to be run under a new office helmed by Trump's son-in-law and powerful adviser
"We want to help those who have become so badly addicted. Drug abuse has become a crippling problem throughout
Connecticut Democratic Sen.