White House Gives Status Update On Opioid Emergency

Mar 05, 2018, 00:32
White House Gives Status Update On Opioid Emergency

"The administration is going to be rolling out policy over the next three weeks, and it will be very, very strong", Trump said.

The President also lamented that the United States does not have stricter punishments for drug dealers.

The administration has pledged to make fighting the opioid epidemic a focus during Trump's presidency, and Kellyanne Conway, Trump's senior counselor, has taken the lead inside the White House in coordinating the response to the epidemic.

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.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the previous year with publicly available data. "I mean, what they are doing, the distribution".

The White House has pointed to recent positive movement in trying to rally more resources to combat the epidemic, including the president's recently budget proposal that called for $3 billion in new funding in 2018 and $10 billion in new funding in 2019 for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid crisis.

The comments follow Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Feb. 28 announcement of a new Department of Justice task force launched to increase scrutiny on opioid makers and distributors.

"It's a problem that's growing", the president also said while speaking to those at the summit Thursday.

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"Hopefully we can do some litigation against the opioid companies", Trump said at a summit hosted by the White House on the nation's opioid crisis.

In a testy exchange with ABC News's Cecilia Vega, Sanders was initially asked whether US President Donald Trump intends to fire Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

But he added he also wants Americans to have hope.

"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". "The administration has prioritized the issue and is implementing strategies around saving lives, lowering demand and lowering supply", said Adams.

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