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Trump pledges United States will beat opioid drug epidemic

Trump pledges United States will beat opioid drug epidemic

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.

Trump also criticized the lack of federal drug prosecutions under President Obama. We're going to be bringing them up and bringing them up rapidly.

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

Republicans in Congress have proposed cutting Medicaid in ways that health-care advocates say would reduce access to drug treatment for many, and the president's budget proposal calls for reducing funding for addiction treatment, research and prevention efforts.

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

"We're also very, very tough on the southern border where much of this comes in, and we're talking to China, where certain forms of man-made drugs come in, and it is bad", he said. "But if they don't start, it will never be a problem", he said. During the 2016 election, then-candidate Donald Trump made solving the opioid problem a major campaign promise and outlined the steps he would take to combat the crisis.

Tom Price, Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services, did not address Trump's comments about the origins of addiction but told reporters after the meeting that the Trump administration is focused on dealing with how prescriptions are written. "We must act boldly to stop it", read its report.

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During brief remarks to reporters from his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said he thinks the way to prevent opioid abuse is simply to tell kids that drugs are bad.

"We believe that, at this point, the resources that we need for the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis, at this point can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency", Trump said.

A state of emergency for the opioid crisis would likely be a little nebulous in its execution because the federal laws governing state-of-emergency status were designed for situations involving infectious diseases and natural disasters.

Dr. Price's response veered from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis' recommendation to declare the crisis an official national emergency on July 31.

"We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy", Trump said. But what does Trump want to do for those who are already ensnared? The study found that the corrected mortality rates were 24 percent higher for opioids and 22 percent higher for heroin, nationally. "The president understands the magnitude of this challenge", Price said.

A recent report in August's American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that heroin and opioid deaths in the United States have been under-reported.


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