New Futures criticizes Trump’s heroin comments ahead of N.H. visit

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Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

New Hampshire advocacy organization New Futures is calling for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to outline a policy plan on drug treatment ahead of his New Hampshire visit today.

The organization released a statement Wednesday evening criticizing Trump’s past comments on the state’s heroin crisis and calling on him to release a detailed plan to deal with it.

“New Futures is extremely disappointed in Mr. Trump’s comments to date,” said the organization’s executive director, Linda Sauders Paquette. “Given the seriousness of this crisis, it is critical that Mr. Trump shares the details of his policy strategy with the public.”

Paquette invited Trump to meet with the organization’s policy experts and said she hoped he would take the time to learn from professionals in the field about policies needed to combat the crisis.

Trump campaign senior adviser Mike Biundo pointed to anti-drug legislation being proposed by Republicans including Sen. Kelly Ayotte and said the Trump campaign is working on a “transformational opioid abuse emergency response plan, to be launched right away in a new Trump administration.”

“We must end the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns and people across the border that is fueling the crisis, end sanctuary cities that provide a haven for drug traffickers, and put the cartels out of business once and for all,” Biundo said in a statement.

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