Trump Vows US Will 'Win' Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Trump Vows US Will 'Win' Fight Against Opioid Crisis

Still, Price said, "The president certainly believes that we will treat it as an emergency - and it is an emergency".

Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary told reporters that declaring a national emergency is a step usually reserved for "a time -limited problem" like the Zika outbreak or problems caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Though concern over the addiction crisis resonates strongly with Trump's core supporters, it could be a rare opportunity for bipartisan cooperation, given its widespread impact.

Instead, Trump's prepared remarks focused on enforcement stopping the global influx of illicit drugs and alluded to the Mexican border. The rate was 18.5 overdose deaths per 100,000 people for the 12-month period ending in September 2016, compared with 16.1 deaths per 100,000 during the same period a year before, the NCHS said.

The White House opioid commission is slated to release a final plan to Trump on October 1.

Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the city's Department of Public Health and the co-chair of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's opioid task force, said the president's comments "show he doesn't understand the opioid crisis".

'We want you to help us create an outspoken intolerance for dug use, ' Reagan said in one interview.

That sort of strategy advocates for targeting kids and young adults with anti-drug messaging, evocative of the "Just Say No" ad campaign of the 1980s and early 1990s.

President Donald Trump at a meeting on the opioid crisis, with Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump.

Chris Christie, President Donald Trump Tuesday opted against declaring a national emergency in response to the surge in opioid addiction.

He also said, "We're very, very tough on the Southern border, where much of this comes in". "Access to medicine, access to care, these are the big issues". "We know that this involves public health, the medical community, the health care delivery system, law enforcement, education, local and statewide elected officials, devastated families, and those in treatment and recovery".

"It makes it look like they are doing something even when they are not", added Piper.

Aides have said Mr. Trump was joking, but they offered no explanation for Mr. Rosenberg's absence from the opioid meeting, instead referring questions to the agency. The policy of Trump's White House predecessor Barack Obama was to relax sentencing for nonviolent drug-related offenses. After all, each day lost in fighting the epidemic produces an additional 142 overdose deaths.

Substance abuse treatment activists have criticized his proposed cuts to federal prevention and research programs as well as his calls to shrink Medicaid, which covers drug treatment for hundreds of thousands of Americans. "But that's a big change of practice, and a culture change". He might also be able to direct more public health personnel toward states overwhelmed by the epidemic.

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