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2/5/2018
Drug war

Thousands of Americans die from drug overdoses every year.

In 2016 alone, 64,000 Americans died. That’s 174 per day and seven every hour.

With such stark numbers in mind, President Donald Trump has posed the prospect of cutting off aid to countries that allow drugs into the United States.

Trump mentioned countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, where billions of American dollars are sent.

Trump explains that at least some of these countries claim they can’t control the drugs. Of course not completely. Neither has the United States been able to.

But, that doesn’t mean all countries shouldn’t make an evident effort. Evidence should show some successes if drug trafficking is a priority.

Drugs likely are coming from other countries, too — at other entry points.

It also should be noted that some drug-related deaths are a result of drugs acquired domestically.

Stopping the drug epidemic is no small challenge. But all countries should be working with the United States to that end, whether it’s in the United States or elsewhere.