President Trump Signs Executive Order to Combat Drug Addiction
There is no denying the fact that drug addiction remains a major problem in the United States. Furthermore, the opioid crisis has reached new levels.
With this in mind, President Donald J. Trump has taken action by signing an executive order to establish the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Commission will study ways to combat and treat drug abuse, drug addiction, and the opioid crisis. In 2015 alone, drug abuse was responsible for approximately 50,000 deaths throughout the country.
During his campaign, President Trump was adamant about reducing the impact of drug abuse in the United States, which includes a focus on the opioid crisis. In a statement, he noted the following:
“Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in our country. And opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999. This is a total epidemic, and I think it’s probably almost untalked about compared to the severity that we’re witnessing.”
Trump, along with many other White House officials, strongly believes that this epidemic requires immediate attention. He added:
“This is an epidemic that knows no boundaries and shows no mercy, and we will show great compassion and resolve as we work together on this important issue.”
While there is no simple way to reduce the frequency of drug abuse, as well as the opioid crisis, the president is taking serious action by signing this executive order.
In the weeks, months, and years to come, it will be interesting to see the impact that the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has on drug abuse and addiction.