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August 9, 2017

Trumpís Misleading Blame on Opioids
By Robert Farley

As for Trumpís claim that his administration is ďgoing to be bringing Ö upĒ the number of drug prosecutions, that has not been the case so far, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. According to TRACís case-by-case analysis of U.S. district court records, there were only 8,814 drug offenders federally prosecuted between February and June, down from 9,687 federal criminal cases prosecuted during the same period in 2016. It remains to be seen, of course, whether Trumpís vow to step up federal criminal enforcement for opioid offenses comes to pass. But the TRAC data show that hasnít happened yet.

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