3/2/2017 New York Times
One of the few senior Obama administration appointees still at the State Department delivered a ringing endorsement on Thursday of Mexico’s efforts to stop illegal drugs from entering the United States, just as the Trump administration is examining whether to slash money supporting those efforts.
William R. Brownfield, assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, said in a conference call with reporters that the United Nations and decades of patient diplomacy had put the United States in a much better position to police the international flow of narcotics than at any point in the last three decades.
“We’ve still got major challenges ahead to address the opioid crisis here in the United States of America,” Mr. Brownfield said. Referring to an annual report on international narcotics released on Thursday, he added, “but in my humble opinion, this report suggests that we’re in a far better place to address those challenges now than we would have been 20, 30 or 40 years ago.”