Kennedy told CNN the opioid epidemic hasn't seen any relief, even with a public health emergency declaration. Unfortunately, according to one member of the six-person commission, the team's work has been a "sham".
A member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE's opioid commission said he believes the group's work is a "sham".
"Everyone is willing to tolerate the intolerable - and not do anything about it", Kennedy - a former Democratic Congressman - told CNN.
"I'm as cynical as I've ever been about this stuff", he said.
"It means nothing if it has no funding to push it forward". The President vowed to donate his third quarter salary to the efforts previous year, though that didn't make much of a dent.
"This and the administration's other efforts to address the epidemic are tantamount to reshuffling chairs on the Titanic", explained Kennedy. "You can't expect to stem the tide of a public health crisis that is claiming over 64,000 lives per year without putting your money where your mouth is", he said.
That financial commitment adds up to less than $2 for everyone who died of an opioid overdose is 2016.
The public health emergency status was to last 90 days and expire today, January 23. However, the Department of Health and Human Services acting secretary renewed it for another 90 days amid the government shutdown.
"I just keep thinking there is no profile in courage in that vote".
He also accused Trump of "playing politics instead of pursuing solutions for issues that impact the lives of Americans".
"Forget the crumbling infrastructure", Kennedy said, "we're losing this country from the inside out".
The opioid commission technically finished out their terms on December 1 after delivering their complete findings, though they never heard the feedback that was promised from President Trump about their almost 60 recommendations for a solution.