Trump pledges tough law-enforcement response to opioid crisis

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"I'm confidant that by working with our healthcare and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win", Trump told reporters.

A commission created by Trump to study opioid abuse urged him last week to declare a national emergency to address what it called an opioids crisis, framing its death toll in the context of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Trump added that the administration is also working with law enforcement to "protect innocent citizens from drug dealers that poison our communities" and "strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society".

"We need to see more help, we need to see more help from the government, the insurance companies, everyone needs to step up to the plate", she said. The commission had some suggestions about how to use the declaration to expand that treatment and access to it. He might also be able to direct more public health personnel toward states overwhelmed by the epidemic.

In his remarks Tuesday, Trump noted that the best way to prevent addiction and overdoses is to keep people away from drugs in the first place.

President Donald Trump's advisers said Tuesday that he would not declare a national emergency over the opioid crisis, despite an "urgent" recommendation from the commission he appointed to study the epidemic. It would also put pressure on Congress to provide more funding.

But addiction specialists in the Ohio Valley say any action being taken by the administration is not coming quickly enough.

A final decision on which solutions the White House will choose isn't expected for several more weeks.

"The president certainly believes that it is, that we will treat it as an emergency - and it is an emergency", Mr Price said.

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"We welcome and agree with all of the findings of the commission", Williams said. "And I'm confident he will adopt them".

White House officials said the president and his team were still reviewing the commission's interim report. Instead, the president repeated that his administration was "very, very tough on the Southern border, where much of this comes in".

The first lady revealed her plans in a tweet Tuesday morning, where she wrote that opioids are "destroying" the nation's youth, as the crisis takes the lives of dozens of Americans each day.

Statistics show the percentage of people in the United States dying of drug overdoses has effectively quadrupled since 1999, and drug overdoses now rank as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. It's become a huge, sweeping problem; the government released new estimates yesterday that deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, reaching a record 19.9 deaths per 100,000 people.

As ThinkProgress detailed past year, "Just Say No" was a failure. Three out of four heroin users previously used prescription opioids.

Trump did not address any of the recommendations.

In March, the president signed an executive order establishing a commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis.

Politicians, law enforcement and health care officials across the country are struggling to confront the surging crisis of addiction and death associated with opioids - painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin as well as synthetic drugs imported from China like fentanyl.

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