What President Trump wants to do about the opioid crisis

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After meeting with Trump, though, Price told reporters that the Trump administration believes they can fight the opioid epidemic without declaring a national emergency, a comment that refutes the commission's findings.

Mr Trump last week came under fire after a leaked transcript of a January conversation with the Mexican President showed Mr Trump had called the New England state, hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, a "drug-infested den".

"If they don't start, they won't have a problem". While Trump did sign an executive order establishing the opioid task force in March, and he's emphasized securing the border with Mexico to stem the flow of drugs, the administration has also taken actions that could undermine its ability to get a handle on the crisis. “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.

Trump's wordier version of Nancy Reagan's failed "Just say no" program would target those who haven't fallen victim to opioid addiction. Lawmakers have called for beefing up the fund, including 20 bipartisan House members who want to supply it with $300 million that could be available for swift responses to disease outbreaks like Zika.

"Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society", he said. He said federal drug prosecutions have dropped but promised he would "be bringing them up rapidly".

"At the end of 2016, there were 23 percent fewer federal prosecutions than in 2011". So they looked at this scourge and they let it go by, and we're not letting it go by.

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Alaska Chief Medical Officer Jay Butler told me its hard to say exactly how such a declaration could help his state without specifics from Trump, but predicted it would “open the possibly for a faster stream of resources” from the federal government to the state.

The commission report states, "The first and most urgent recommendation". There's a reason for that - the commission's top recommendation for combating opioid abuse was to expand Medicaid, but Trump has very publicly supported health care legislation that would dramatically slash funding for the program. When authorities began cracking down on prescription opioid abuse, increasing the street price of such drugs, some users turned to illicit street drugs such as heroin, which is sometimes mixed with powerful synthetic opiates such as fentanyl, making it even more deadly. But it's not the first one.

"The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place", President Trump said during a Tuesday briefing.

More significantly, he backed every Medicaid-slashing health-care proposal to emerge in the GOP-controlled Congress as Republicans desperately tried to repeal and replace the ACA. But if they dont start, it will never be a problem.”.

"During my campaign, I promised to fight this battle because as president of the United States my greatest responsibility is to protect the American people and to ensure their safety, especially in some parts of our country, it is disgusting", Trump told reporters before the event was closed to the press.

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