Trump budget sharply cuts White House office leading opioid crisis response, shifts funds to other agencies

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration’s FY2019 budget released Monday requests more than $30 billion for drug control efforts, while at the same time proposing a sharp cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which has been leading the fight in the opioid crisis.

The administration says it’s shifting responsibility for spending on anti-drug programs to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services — and away from the White House office — so it can better focus on policy.

While the exact proposed cut was unclear, a report from Politico last month said the plan was to cut the …read more