Donald Trump declares United States will 'win' fight against deadly opioid crisis

Donald Trump declares United States will 'win' fight against deadly opioid crisis”

Christie, who is overseas for a family vacation and wasn't at the meeting, served as chairman of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

"I know that physicians and other providers have oftentimes sensed that there is an incentive to provide narcotic medication and we need to do all that we can to make certain that, yes, people are provided appropriate narcotic medication when necessary, but no more than necessary", Price said.

Fighting the opioid epidemic was a campaign promise of President Trump and today, he is speaking out calling this a "tremendous problem" but he isn't declaring a national emergency yet. The official noted that the issue remains one of the top priorities of the administration.

Every three weeks, America's opioid epidemic snuffs out the lives of as many people who perished in the September 11 terror attacks on our nation.

"I'm convinced that the president is committed to this", said Christie during a conference call with the commission. The overdose death toll in 2016 is believed to have topped 59,000, more than peak deaths from auto crash deaths, HIV or firearms. Federal prosecutors charged DeLorean for participating in a drug deal involving 55 pounds of cocaine.

The National Center for Health Statistics said the share of overdose deaths stood at an unprecedented 19.9 per 100,000 people in the third quarter of previous year, up from 16.7 in the same quarter of 2015. The president needs a win and this would be a worthy one - bringing more resources to the table in a timelier manner and raising the public profile of the addiction crisis. "For something coming out of the White House in 2017, pretty good, very good", said Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, which has been critical of federal drug sentences.

He went on to say, "So, we're going to do our job, we're going to get it going. We don't need words at this point", said Scott Burris, a law professor at Temple University and the director of the school's Center for Public Health Law Research. We're going to have a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this awful situation that has happened in our country - and we will.

New Hampshire sued OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, joining several state and local governments in accusing the drugmaker of engaging in deceptive marketing practices that helped fuel opioid addiction.

The commission recommended that the treatment facilities should be expanded across the United States, doctors should be educated and equipped about the proper way to prescribe pain medication and police officers ought to be equipped with the anti-overdose remedy Naloxone. "This critical public health situation demands extraordinary measures".

Though the Trump White House is reportedly giving serious consideration to the opioid crisis, the administration's 2018 budget proposal could undercut efforts to take action on the issue.

The commission, which Trump created in March, has met with physicians, experts and elected officials and taken testimony in preparation for releasing a full report on its findings in October.

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