Health Topic: Opioids
Weekly Report: July 22 - July 28, 2019
Weekly Insights
Drug traffickers and opioid possession in the news
Criminal consequences of drug trafficking were highlighted in two top news stories. A federal grand jury indictment of a former Mexican police officer was in the headlines after he was found with enough fentanyl to kill 10 million people. Comments thanked the prosecutors for holding the trafficker accountable. Another headline centered around the cancelled meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and Jeff Hatch, an individual who is under federal investigation. Hatch was a prominent figure working for a New Hampshire addiction treatment center, yet in 2017 was found possessing 1,500 grams of fentanyl totaling more than $100,000.
Opioids become fuel for political campaigns
Multiple popular tweets in the the past week discussed opioids within a political context. The top tweet came from a Democratic political commentator who criticized President Trump’s recent reelection rally due to his lack of discussion about national concerns, including healthcare and opioid addiction. Meanwhile, a tweet by President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, became popular for celebrating Trump’s success in combating opioid addiction. This tweet produced predominantly supportive comments. However, in response to Parscale, another top tweet criticized him for being insensitive and dismissive of opioid deaths in certain liberal-leaning areas of the country.


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2 The New York Times
3 The Washington Post
4 The Wall Street Journal
5 The Associated Press
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