President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last month, but neither he nor Congress have made extra money available for states and localities to deal with it.
Hood wishes Trump “would put his money where his mouth is” and pledge more money to combat the crisis. But he’s hopeful that drugmakers will eventually have to pay billions of dollars in damages for their role in the epidemic. He even predicts that some pharmaceutical companies will go bankrupt in the process.
“This needs to be a deterrent for the next 50 years,” he says. “We have to gorge them of their profits. They need to be made an example of.”