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The Daily Countable: Opioids, Memos & Sanctions

by Countable | 1.31.18

Greetings, Folks. Hope you didn't stay up too late watching post-game commentary on the State of the Union address.

One Big Thing

In his State of the Union address, President Trump briefly discussed the opioid crisis, pledging to "get tougher" on drug dealers and pushers in order to combat the “scourge” that currently claims an average of 7 Americans every hour. Want to know the latest updates on the administration’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis? Click on over to our "Government Opioid Response: Darknet, The Post Office, & China."

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Should the “FISA Memo” Detailing Surveillance Abuses by the FBI be Publicly Released? Head here and tell your reps how to vote on the “Release the Memo Resolution."

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Wondering why the Trump administration isn't imposing new sanctions on Russia? Or maybe wondering why we're talking about the sanctions yet again? Read all the A's to your Q's here.

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The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will meet with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
  • The president will hold a tax reform meeting with American workers.
  • He will then meet with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, February 5.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, February 5.

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  • Kathryn
    01/31/2018
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    “Get tougher on drug dealers and pushers” what a joke everybody knows cause of our opioid epidemic is big pharma! Getting Republicans AND Democrats out of bed with big drug companies ALL who love their profits more than they love people is going to take the efforts of every American who never wants to see their loved ones go down that path.

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  • RickEberhardt
    01/31/2018
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    The crisis would end just as soon as you decriminalize it. Get it under control so the profit motive ends and the “product” is regulated. You’ll always have those that will test the limits but at least you’ll know what is mixed with it.

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  • Joe
    01/31/2018
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    I would like to make my views known regarding any legislation regarding opioid drugs. This country has done just as it always has in a crisis- and in trying to solve a problem has over corrected and caused more problems. It is impossible to see physicians that aren't afraid to prescribe opioids even when truly needed. I couldn't get a cough syrup that contained hydrocodone from my primary care physician- after given enough for two days at the ER and was told that my physician would prescribe for me. Even with non productive cough from bronchial pneumonia- my physician would not prescribe this because it contained hydrocodone- which is the least strongest opioid in the market. Just please bear this in mind when any legislation comes before you. Kindest regards.

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  • Robert
    01/31/2018
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    Yep the Democrats whole Scheme where Hillary led the Charge for Russia and Trump is Finally Coming Home to Roost. They can’t stand the Fact that Crooked Hillary LOST!! I know McCain and Romney lost and I had to Stomach Obama and his Failed Leadership Abilities and accept it... The Dems are getting what they asked for but it is going to Backfire on them!

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  • SirRobert
    01/31/2018
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    I actually hate to hear Trump speak just because you know whatever comes out of his mouth is a lie! And what about the Russian sanctions? 99% of all the House and Senate voted to impose the sanctions and Trump says we aren’t going to implement them?!@!$$ JOIN THE BLUE WAVE AND VOTE EVERY REPUBLICAN OUT OF OFFICE!

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  • R
    01/31/2018
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    With the explosion of a LEGAL opioid epidemic from the Sackler family’s pharma kingdom, this “drugs from Mexico” rhetoric comes across as the simple-minded xenophobia that it is. Stephen Miller is working overtime on this one! What a shameful time in American history

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  • Peggy
    01/31/2018
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    All Russian sanctions need to be implemented. The White House cannot pick and choose which laws to follow. Put pressure on the White House. The Russians interfered with our election and they need to be held accountable.

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  • India
    01/31/2018
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    Getting tougher on drug dealers is a needle in a haystack in the opioid crisis. The doctors and big pharma are the initial drug dealers. These drugs are given out like candy and prescribed to recovering addicts with no boundary. Stop big pharma from causing and profiting from addiction.

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/01/2018
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    Political corruption is destroying the governments of both Russia and America. Both countries are controlled by the same corporate overlords.

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  • Pru
    02/01/2018
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    Where are the sanctions???! Why not enforced????????????

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  • Mia
    01/31/2018
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    Yes please for god sakes find a solution for the opioid crisis. I've had enough. One of my parents had been addicted to opioids and survived , but I can never forget that. I want you to listen to my advice. Sometimes not just drug dealers that caused this it's also the Doctors. Their medical license is to medicate and that's one of my parents had been through sometimes you need to be tough on the doctors for these issues. They're "Legal Drug Dealers". Please do something about this we want justice!

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  • Alice
    01/31/2018
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    I agree with Ben Franklin

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  • Christine
    02/02/2018
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    djt is constantly thumbing his nose at the rule of law. According to reports from russian media, not our government, the head of russian intelligence met here in our country with the head of our CIA Pompeo to discuss lifting sanctions. The corruption is rampant!

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  • Dara
    02/02/2018
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    The opioid crisis and all drug abuse could be averted if there were no demand for these drugs. As for the FISA memo being released to the public NO. This issue should be investigated by experts. This memo has been cherry picked and is not being released in its entirety. More swamp by professional politicians. Can we get some professional adults at the table?

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  • Tim
    01/31/2018
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    Decriminalize and treat.

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  • Judy
    02/01/2018
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    We need action not just lip service on the opioid crisis and the drug issues across the board. Saying does not make it so.

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  • Nashluna
    02/01/2018
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    Sanction Russia. Impeach Trump. Investigate Hillary. Address opioid addiction and the medical practice of over prescribing and not treating. DO something FOR America, not to enrich yourselves and your corporate donors!! It’s time to start governing by listening to your constituents, and acting on their behalf!

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  • Donna
    02/01/2018
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    Do the drug dealers and scourge mentioned include the drug companies that lied about these dangerous drugs to increase their profits? The FDA that believed those lies and approved the use of these drugs for just about anything? The wholesalers who deliver drugs to warehouses at an outrageous volume compared to population? The doctors that over prescribe these meds because it is easier and more profitable to treat symptoms not causes? The pharmacy that fills these prescriptions that get these people hooked in the first place? The opioid epidemic was NOT caused by anyone North, South, East or West of our borders. This is an internal issue that can only be 'blamed' by the love of profit over life. Stop spreading fear and false narratives and do something CONSTRUCTIVE to save the lives of American citizens dying at an alarming. The lives you save may be those of your own family.

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  • byron
    02/01/2018
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    I believe tougher punishment on dealers is a necessary part of a larger solution. The punishment needs to be made public to discourage others from considering this as a "career" pathway.

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  • Surender
    02/01/2018
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    Fire Nunes. Impeach Trump. Sanction Russia. Prosecute Trump Jr., Jared, Flynn, Manafort, Page, Papadoupoulis, and the whole gang of henchmen (persons) involved with covering up and abetting including Ryan!

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