We know the Trump administration isn't known for advocating the smartest solutions to America's problems, but the latest proposal coming from an official is flat-out idiotic.
Kellyanne Conway, an advisor for President Trump and the person in charge of the administration's response to the opioid crisis, was asked for her advice on how to avoid opioid addiction. She said, "Eat the ice cream, have the french fry, don’t buy the street drug. Believe me, it all works out.”
Of course, this also happens to be similar to the diet enjoyed by President Trump, who is known for enjoying Diet Cokes, french fries and other junk food.
Now, the actual "eat the ice cream, have the french fry" line may have been a joke, but she was serious in talking about how young people avoiding junk food can somehow lead to opioid addiction. Here's what she said before the "eat the ice cream" line:
“On our college campuses, your folks are reading the labels, they won’t put any sugar in their body, they don’t eat carbs anymore, and they’re very, very fastidious about what goes into their body," Conway said. "And then you buy a street drug for $5 or $10, it’s laced with fentanyl, and that’s it.”
Yep, those college kids! Won't eat any carbs, but then go buy some fentanyl for $5!
The Trump administration's been thoroughly criticized for their handling on the opioid crisis. While they've stated that it's a priority for them, they're approach has basically been a re-hash of old-fashioned "Just Say No" campaigns, while also avoiding any solutions that seem even mildly modern. Particularly, they've refused to push marijuana as an alternative to opioids despite countless evidence that it can work.
But yeah, we're sure eating some McDonald's fries will help opioid addicts kick their habit.
(h/t Miami Herald)