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AP FACT CHECK: Trump admin on opioids, international relief

October 30, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s push against opioid abuse is to feature an advertising campaign. Trump says he expects it to be the key element.

He could prove history wrong. But an AP Fact Check finds that past marketing efforts have had iffy results.

The government spent nearly $1 billion from 1998 to 2004 on a campaign to discourage illegal drug use by young people. A government-financed study concluded the campaign “had no favorable effects on youths’ behavior.”

The White House has promoted several ideas recently that aren’t as radical as they sound. It’s talked about suddenly steering relief aid to groups in need instead of to U.N. relief organizations. But that is to be studied, not implemented now, and aid through the U.N. continues.

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