President Trump continued to address the opioid crisis and how he plans to move forward to combat it, and now Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham is attacking Governor Scott for what she believes has been inaction in holding drug manufacturers accountable for being responsible in heightening the crisis in Florida.
In a statement, she explained that “After years of ignoring opioid deaths, Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature are finally taking small steps in the right direction — but they are still failing to address the core cause of the crisis. To help Florida families, Governor Rick Scott must sue the drug manufacturers and hold them accountable for fueling the opioid crisis in Florida.”
She also added that “On Workdays at treatment facilities and with law enforcement, I have seen firsthand that we can’t arrest our way out of this problem and that the state must do more to help Floridians fighting addiction. As governor, I will hold these drug manufacturers accountable and sue the pharmaceutical companies to repair the harm they’ve caused to families across our state.”
She finished by saying that “Florida should be leading the nation in holding pharmaceutical companies accountable, just as Lawton Chiles took on the tobacco companies. This is not a partisan issue. Governor Rick Scott’s must answer why he’s refusing to join other Republican leaders across the country in taking on drug companies.”
President Trump has called on the federal government to get tougher on drug related crimes, and he even proposed the death penalty for some drug traffickers.
The opioid crisis has created stories of despair of shock, but also stories of recovery & hope. President Trump is asking every Americans to share their story to overcome stigma, & begin to fight against the Crisis Next Door.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 19, 2018