MIKE THEILER/UPI/NewscomIt took nearly no time at all for President Donald Trump to go straight to "Let's lock people up" when speaking about the opioid overdose crisis Tuesday. Lean on law enforcement, he said.
If they dont start, they wont have a problem. Several Republican lawmakers who did not vote for their party's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this summer said that the legislation would make it more hard for their states to combat the heroin epidemic.
Trump also criticized the lack of federal drug prosecutions under President Obama.
Trump spoke at an event he had billed as a "major briefing" on the opioid crisis during a two-week "working vacation" at his private golf club in New Jersey.
"We believe, at this point, that the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis can be addressed without the declaration of the emergency", Price said Tuesday in Bedminster, New Jersey.
With the opioid crisis intensifying and dozens of Americans dying of drug overdoses each day, President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to "beat this terrible situation" at a briefing held here during his 17-day "working vacation".
President Donald Trump yesterday vowed that the USA will fight and win the battle against the deadly opioid epidemic but stopped short of declaring it a national emergency as a White House Commission recommended last week.
Nonetheless, Trump stated that, "We've got a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this terrible situation that's happened to our country - and we will".More news: Police investigating after NYPD officer shot responding to call in Brooklyn
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"We are working- closely with the Congress on legislation to have better and tighter controls", said Richard Baum, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that "we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win".
Trump said his administration continues to talk to China about the problem, but didn't provided details. 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.
I think when we have a single cause of death that has increased as dramatically as the rate of opioid overdose and particularly to the magnitude weve reached now, it is an unusual situation that requires unusual measures, Butler said. "It's disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer".
To deal with the crisis, advocates urge officials to focus on getting drug users (the demand side of the equation) into treatment.
"I am pretty ticked off", said Canterbury, who said she now regrets her vote for Trump and likely won't vote for him in 2020. A national CDC study showing 25% of all drug overdose deaths were related to heroin in 2015.