Wait, Does Hillary Clinton Have a Radical View of Addiction?

Jul 29 2016

Wait, Does Hillary Clinton Have a Radical View of Addiction?

July 29th, 2016

Donald Trump’s recent rise in the polls notwithstanding, Hillary Clinton remains the pundits’ and betting markets’ favorite to win the White House in November. Last night, she formally accepted the Democratic nomination at her party’s convention in Philadelphia.

Although her drug policy credentials leave a great deal to be desired, she is, at least, better in this area than the alternative. Clearly, she had a lot of other stuff to cover in her speech last night—but we found a couple of small clues.

1. Hillary noted the importance of mental health care and prescription drugs—and, implicitly, the impact of Big Pharma price-gouging, with its knock-on effect on programs like Medicare.

“It’s true… I sweat the details of policy—whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs.”

2. Sure, Hillary referred to addiction among America’s major problems. But interestingly, she implied a connection between addiction and poverty. It’s an implication that would be disputed by those who characterize addiction as an “equal opportunity disease,” but approved by certain addiction theorists known to The Influence.

“My primary mission as President will be to create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States…From my first day in office to my last! Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind. From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian Country to Coal Country. From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.”

  • I like that she lumps addiction into unemployment and poverty. They are related. In fact there is an epidemic of suicide among low-educated, underemployed middle age whites. Many of these suicides are caused by drug overdoses, but this is not ‘addiction’ nor is it helped by ‘treatment’. They best thing to reduce addiction is to abolish the minimum wage – restoring the dignity of an honest day’s work is the best thing you can do to get people to stop killing themselves (and blaming it on ‘addiction’).