Trump Vows US Will 'Win' Fight Against Opioid Crisis

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The commission's primary suggestion was to have the government declare a national emergency, which would make federal funds more available to those fighting the opioid epidemic on the ground. "Meanwhile, the overall drug prosecutions have gone down in recent years", Trump said of opioid abuse during a briefing on the topic. So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: No good, really bad for you in every way.

Federal drug prosecutions in USA district courts are down nearly 28 percent since 2012, according to data cruncher Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. "We're not letting it go by". "The average sentence for a drug offender decreased 20 percent from 2009 to 2016".

Trump has made it clear over the first six months of his presidency that the victims of this epidemic aren't almost as important to him as fighting the bad hombres he says are bringing drugs to the U.S. And less than two weeks into his presidency, Trump told Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull that New Hampshire was a "drug-infested den".

“If they dont start, they wont have a problem.

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Nonetheless, Trump stated that, "We've got a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this awful situation that's happened to our country - and we will". "But if they don't start, it will never be a problem", he said.

Williams, a candidate for U.S. House in West Virginia's 3rd District, said issues of addiction are much more complicated than that.

Trump also did not announce a new policy in the fight against opioids despite his promise of a "major briefing" in a tweet Tuesday morning. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump were among the attendees. "We must act boldly to stop it", read its report.

With an opioid epidemic in America that is only getting worse, President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to take steps to counter it. Several Republican lawmakers who did not vote for their party's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this summer said that the legislation would make it more hard for their states to combat the heroin epidemic.

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Still, state officials dealing with the opioid abuse crisis on the ground were eagerly watching Trumps address yesterday to see whether hed take the extra step of an emergency declaration.

The presidential commission has since urged Trump to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency in its first interim report.

Trump said his administration continues to talk to China about the problem, but didn't provided details.

Now, more than 200 days into his presidency, activists say the president has done little to help. The study found that the corrected mortality rates were 24 percent higher for opioids and 22 percent higher for heroin, nationally.

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Some 33,000 overdoses from opioids were recorded in 2015, including heroin overdoses as well as those related to prescription painkillers and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, which around 50 times more potent than heroin.

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