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Dem senator calls for 'war on drugs'

A new "war on drugs" is necessary to combat West Virginia's opioid crisis, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE said Tuesday. 

The West Virginia Democrat's phrasing was a throwback to a highly criticized Nixon-era program of the same name. 

"We need to declare a war on drugs," Manchin said on CNN Tuesday when asked what President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE should do about the opioid situation. 

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"We've got some places that are really having some success rates, Jake, and most of them are run by reformed addicts," Manchin told host Jake Tapper. 
 
He talked about addicts he has met that started out smoking marijuana but ended up taking prescription drugs, which led to heroin. 
 
"It's just been unbelievable," he said.
 
President Nixon's "war on drugs" in the 1970s is criticized today as having been ineffective and expensive. 
 
Manchin's phrasing was quickly mocked online.