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) ManchinPressure mounts for national parks closure amid coronavirus White House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on 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 TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar 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.