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Trump relatively quiet on opioid crisis despite campaign vows

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Last Monday, Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the opioid crisis recommended in its interim report that he declare a national emergency to allow the crisis to be addressed better than it is now.

In a meeting with cabinet members and his senior staff at his golf club in Bedminster, Trump did not refer to report that the Christie-led panel delivered to him last week. "Today more people die from drug overdoses than from vehicle accidents, guns or falls".

Republicans in Congress have proposed cutting Medicaid in ways that health-care advocates say would reduce access to drug treatment for many, and the president's budget proposal calls for reducing funding for addiction treatment, research and prevention efforts.

He vowed to strengthen America's southern border and focus on law enforcement in response.

"Federal drug prosecutions have gone down in recent years".

Trump would not be the first administration to crack down on drug use by focusing on enforcement, but Piper said doing so would play into a desire to "sound tough", not actually solve the problem. "The best way to prevent drug addiction is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place".

A series of studies, however, have found one of the key variables in opioid addiction is a doctor's prescription, with many overdose deaths stemming from prescription opioid medications.

The commission, which Trump created in March, has met with physicians, experts and elected officials and taken testimony in preparation for releasing a full report on its findings in October.

"I'm very happy that he's addressing the problem, I would like to see it as a national emergency, it is", she said. Price said the government has no position on these suits, but he noted the "lawsuits punctuate the damage and harm that people have felt because of this crisis". The agency reported that the number of prescription opioids sold in the United States has also almost quadrupled since 1999, but that there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain Americans report.

"We will treat it as an emergency, and it is an emergency", he said at a news conference.

But "most national emergencies that have been declared in the area of public health emergency have been focused on a specific area, a time-limited problem - either an infectious disease or a specific threat to public health".

He added that the option, like the rest of the policies suggested in the commission's report, was still "on the table".

Christie's office declined to comment.

A final decision on which solutions the White House will choose isn't expected for several more weeks. "Growth in corrected opioid mortality rates, from 2008 to 2014, were virtually the same as reported increases (2.5 deaths per 100,000 people) whereas changes in corrected heroin death rates exceeded reported increases (2.7 vs 2.3 per 100,000)".

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre said he has assigned "an experienced prosecutor to focus exclusively on investigating and prosecuting opioid-related health care fraud cases" in Nevada.

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