First lady Melania Trump delivered opening remarks at the summit, remarking on her travels in recent months with the president across the country, in which she visited hospitals and treatment centers, where she's been briefed by those directly impacted by the crisis.
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, was moderating the two-hour event featuring top officials from the departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, State, Justice and Homeland Security.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control, 64,000 people died from opioid overdoses (including heroin) in the United States in 2016, or some 175 people per day.
The president's comments came just after the West Virginia attorney general announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to decrease opioid prescriptions in the U.S.
Also on the agenda: a question-and-answer session with Jim Carroll, the recently named acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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"We need strength against pushers and drug dealers", he said.
"If other countries are dumping their products on USA soil because they're subsidizing them, whether that's steel or aluminum, or anything else, this president has been very clear: We're going to have fair trade".
"So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties", Efe quoted Trump as saying. During the summit, President Trump said he had previously urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take legal action on behalf of the federal government against the companies.
All across America, there is a huge problem with people selling opioids and the people buy them getting hooked on them and dying from overdoses.
Ross recommended the tariffs, as Breitbart News reported, to Trump - noting that the goal is to increase domestic steel production to 80 percent from its current rate of 73 percent, while also increasing the American production of aluminum to 80 percent from its current rate of only 48 percent. "The administration has prioritized the issue and is implementing strategies around saving lives, lowering demand and lowering supply", said Adams.