Trump’s fight against the opioid crisis


The White House

Victoria Loredan, Staff Writer

On September 4th, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that they would give a $1.8 billion grant in funding to states to continue Trump Administration’s mission to combat the opioid crisis.

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They want to combat the opioid crisis so people with addiction can get help and death by overdose levels drop. This will be done with the leadership and hard work of many Americans in local communities.

$900 million in grants were included for states and territories to address the opioid crisis in the communities. An additional $900 million will be given to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).

When President Trump started his term as president, he addressed the opioid crisis and announced that he would try and fight it. Since then, he has launched his Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, a first-of-its-kind effort. This would address the underlying factors that drive the opioid crisis. Since this announcing his plan, he has led efforts to reduce opioid supplies, prevent opioid abuse, and increase treatment and recovery services.

“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership and the hard work of so many Americans in local communities, we are beginning to win the battle against the opioid overdose crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Our country is seeing the first drop in overdose deaths in more than two decades, more Americans are getting treatment for addiction, and lives are being saved.”