As President Trump looks to create a federal “drug czar” to help stem the current opioid epidemic that plagues the country, Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi says she is not convinced that the position is even needed, saying that the DEA has been doing a great job combatting the drug trade.
Bondi herself was considered a natural choice to be tapped as “drug czar” because of the work she has done in Florida to close down “pill mills” and combat illicit drugs. Bondi has also targeted those criminals profiting off individuals recovering from the after effects of drug addiction.
Bondi stated that following to reporters after this weeks cabinet meeting in Tallahassee, Florida:
“You know, I don‘t know. I’m in D.C. a lot, and I can tell you, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is doing great … We call it a drug czar, but it’s basically the head of ONDCP, I believe.”-Attorney General Pam Bondi
When reporters asked her if she would target large drug companies for their possible involvement in the out-of-control opioid epidemic, Bondi stated:
“Are you kidding? Have I considered it. Of course…We’re doing it the right way, though, right now. We didn’t just run out and hire (law) firms.”
Bondi is termed out of her cabinet position, leaving a huge political hole to fill. Republicans seem to poised to follow in Bondi’s footsteps. as announced candidates Frank White, former county Judge Ashley Moody, and state Rep. Jay Fant, say they would start where Bondi left off, if they were elected to be the top cop in the state.
Fant, who recently won an unscientific tallyed.com straw poll by a large margin over Moody, told the Shark Tank that he would work with President Trump to try to “eradicate” the opioid problem.
“Since 2012, opioid deaths in Florida have doubled. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. As Attorney General, I will work with our President to eradicate this epidemic.”-State Rep. Jay Fant