What Does the Election Mean for the Battle Against Addiction?

In this Thursday, Aug.  27, 2015, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens during a news conference after speaking at the TD Convention Center, in Greenville, S.C. Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that actually happened to many Mexican-American families 85 years ago.  (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

The entire election process has been a roller coaster ride from the very beginning, finally culminating last night with the victory of Donald Trump. While the president-elect is certainly very proud of his accomplishment, the fact remains that in slightly more than two month’s time he is going to have to step up to the plate and guide this country through some rough waters for at least the next four years. The current administration has made tremendous progress in the field of addiction treatment, with more people having health insurance than ever before and giving millions of Americans access to drug rehabilitation resources than at any other time in our country’s history.

 

So what will this new administration bring to the table in order to ensure this upward trend continues? In short, we don’t really know. Trump has never taken an official stance on the issue. He has made passing references to the drug problem when discussing his immigration and health care platform, but nothing on addiction or the war on drug specifically. Only time will tell, but we do know that Trump does plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act entirely. It seems unlikely that if this were to happen there would not be another measure to replace it in some way. If he does not, this could be a profound blow against the steps forward we have made as a country. Until then, we are left to wonder.