While on a work vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump will give an update Tuesday about the recent opioid crisis that he was asked to declare a state of emergency last week.
Watch live above, scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
In March, Trump created the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by the one-and-only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The commission’s goal is to “study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis.” In the statement, Trump links the opioid problem to immigrants bringing drugs in the country, something he has been adamant about fighting since his campaign, i.e. his border wall dream.
According to a report from the commission that was released last week, 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose, drug overdoses kill more people than guns and car crashes combined, and from 1999 to 2015, more than 560,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses, which is larger than the population of Atalanta. In 2015,
“nearly two-thirds of drug overdoses were linked to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl.”
The commission has been meeting “with leading national organizations in the addiction space, and we have received information and recommendations from countless individuals and groups, all of whom share in our commitment to beating this epidemic.”
In the end, they urged the President to declare a national emergency for the drug crisis. They also made numerous recommendations, like to rapidly increase treatment capacity, mandate prescriber education initiatives, immediately establish and fund a federal incentive to enhance access to Medication Assisted Treatment, provide model legislation for states to allow naloxone dispensing, prioritize funding and manpower to the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, and more.
It is speculated that Trump is likely to address one or more of these recommendations in his address today.
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