Kellyanne Conway, who is tasked with combating the opioid epidemic, told college students to indulge in junk food as an alternative to buying drugs.
Conway, who serves as a counselor to the President, addressed the crowd at the Generation Next forum on Thursday and said, “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.”
“And then you buy a street drug for $5 or $10 and it’s laced with fentanyl, and that’s it,” she said.
“So I guess my short advice is, as somebody double your age, eat the ice cream, have the french fry, don’t buy the street drug. Believe me, it all works out.”
While Conway acknowledged the “very serious crisis in our nation,” her wildly simplistic suggestion drew laughs from the audience.
Her comments were mocked online, with Twitter user @mikeystephens81 writing, “I was considering doing fentanyl but now thanks to Kellyanne I’m just gonna ‘have a French fry’ instead. Saved me from a life on the streets!”
User @tigerquinn7 tweeted, “Jayzuz. All right, I spent all of 2012 in rehab for meth addiction, and as embarrassing as that is to admit, you have to be public to counter narratives like this (sh-t). You good people know it’s not an issue of willpower of feckin ICE CREAM.”
On Monday, President Trump outlined a plan to crack down on opioid manufacturers and expand the Opioid Fraud and Detection Unit to pinpoint, for example, doctors who are prescribing the most drugs.
The President also supports the work of J-CODE, the Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team, along with other drug trafficking task forces to fight the sale of drugs online, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions said Thursday, “Let’s be clear about this: drug dealers take lives every day in America. As President Trump has said, career drug traffickers can take more lives than a mass murderer.”
“That’s why the President has ordered us to seek the death penalty in drug trafficking cases where it is appropriate to do so. And just yesterday we began implementing this order at the Department,” he added.