President Trump, who promised during his campaign to help solve the opioid epidemic, today takes what may be a step towards possibly helping to fulfill that promise.
President Trump gets a briefing on the opioid crisis today from Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price. The President's budget asks for $10.7 billion for drug treatment - a $ 200,000,000 increase. BUT, it would cut $167,000,000 from abuse prevention.
A report from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, chair of the President's Opioid Commission, says that from 2000 to 2015, more than half a million-people died of drug overdoses, with opioid accounting for the majority of those deaths.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced the creation of the Opioid Fraud Abuse and Detection Unit that will use data analytic to find doctors who are over-prescribing opioid for profit.
The administration has also said opioid are a top reason it's focused so much attention on our borders.
The President's opioid commission has asked Mr. Trump to declare a national health emergency. The President has yet to respond.
According to a study from Generations United, it's estimated that due in part to the opioid catastrophe, at least two and a half million children nationwide are being raised by a relative other than their parents.