President Trump Vows U.S. Will “Win” Fight Against Opioid Crisis
  [Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:08:00 AM]
Wall Street Journal
President Donald Trump says the U.S. would "win" the battle against the heroin and opioid plague, but stopped short of declaring a national emergency as his hand-picked commission has recommended.

Instead, Trump promised to "protect innocent citizens from drug dealers that poison our communities."

"The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place," he said alongside administration officials at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "I'm confident that by working with our health care and law enforcement experts, we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win."

Last week, the presidential opioid commission, chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, urged Trump to “declare a national emergency” and noted that “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

It recommended, among other things, expanding treatment facilities across the country, educating and equipping doctors about the proper way to prescribe pain medication, and equipping all police officers with the anti-overdose remedy Naloxone.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said: "All things are on the table."

"Most national emergencies that have been declared have been focused on a specific area, time-limited problem" like the Zika outbreak or Hurricane Sandy, Price said. "So we believe at this point resources that we need, or focus we need to bring to bear at this point, can be addressed without a declaration," Price said.

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NBC, Wall Street Journal
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As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For President Trump and his team as they plan to fight the opioid crisis
• For Tom Price in his work as Health and Human Services Secretary
• For an end to the opioid crisis in the United States
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