President Trump Participates in Briefing on Opioid Crisis with Secretary of HHS Tom Price

rumblestaffPublished: August 10, 2017
Published: August 10, 2017

President Trump stressed law enforcement as he talked about the nation's opioid problem Tuesday, emphasizing an approach that was not addressed in a report released last week by the special commission he appointed to combat opioid abuse.

"At the end of 2016, there were 23% fewer federal prosecutions than in 2011, so they looked at this surge and they let it go by,” Trump told reporters from the clubhouse of the golf club. “We're not letting it go by.”

"Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society," Trump said. "I have had the opportunity to hear from many on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, and I'm confidant that by working with our healthcare and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win."

Credit: The White House

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