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#AskLaxalt Why He’s Let the Opioid Crisis Get Worse Under his Watch

Today, the NV Dems launched a new issue page on AskLaxalt.com, focusing on Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s inadequate response to Nevada’s worsening opioid crisis. One year ago today, Laxalt met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Las Vegas on issues including the opioid epidemic, and committed to “collaborating with our federal partners” to combat the crisis.

But in January, Laxalt told reporters he wasn’t sure what the Trump administration was doing. Meanwhile, as Laxalt’s allies in Washington failed to implement any real strategy for nearly an entire year, 115 people a day died as a result of the crisis. As if that weren’t enough, Laxalt discouraged the Reno mayor from suing opioid manufacturers and use settlement funds for addiction treatment programs. All the while, Nevada’s opioid crisis has gone from bad to worse under Laxalt’s tenure as attorney general.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“While Nevadans continue to suffer the effects of a worsening opioid crisis, Adam Laxalt has failed to pressure the Trump administration to follow through with its promise of aid and even tried to block a Nevada mayor from fighting irresponsible opioid manufacturers. The opioid epidemic is putting Nevada lives at risk, and Laxalt has sat idly by while his campaign endorser, Pres. Trump, has broken his promise to Nevada families. Nevadans deserve a governor who will lead boldly on this serious issue — and stand up to Trump when he’s failing our families.”


The NV Dems launched AskLaxalt.com to reveal Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt’s dodges and radical views on a range of key issues. Each week, a new issue page will be rolled out to remind Nevadans just how out of step Laxalt is on issues that matter to them.