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Democrats urge swifter action from Trump on opioid addiction

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 12:30:29-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's drug commission is drawing new criticism after it missed a second self-imposed deadline.

Twenty senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have penned a letter to the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy urging him to "consider important initiatives that could help deliver faster relief to millions of Americans."

The letter to Richard Baum comes after the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which is chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, pushed back its deadline to release an interim report for a second time.

The signees complain the Trump administration is "choosing to offer more talk, and less action" when it could be implementing proven solutions.