Thursday, 1 March 2018

White House hosts opioid summit

The White House is hosting an opioid summit Thursday to discuss the Trump administration's efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
Donald Trump
Members of President Donald Trump's administration are expected to detail the actions they've undertaken to confront the opioid crisis. Individuals who have been affected by opioid addiction will also attend the event, pool reports said.

A number of senior Trump Administration officials will join about 200 participants from throughout the United States for the summit.

First lady Melania Trump and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway are also scheduled to be featured at the event.

"Together, we will face this challenge as a national family with conviction, with unity, and with a commitment to love and support our neighbors in times of dire need," Trump said in a statement. "Working together, we will defeat this opioid epidemic."

The White House said its efforts to address opioid drug addiction and abuse include a focus on education and prevention, treatment and recovery and law enforcement and interdiction.
For the president, addiction is "more than just a policy issue," the White House said.

"I had a brother, Fred -- great guy, best-looking guy, best personality," Trump said in October. "But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol, and he would tell me, 'Don't drink. Don't drink.' ... He would say it over and over and over again."

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