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Pres. Trump Declares Opioid Abuse "National Public Health Emergency"

Opoid abuse killed an estimated 64,000 Americans last year.

WASHINGTON --  President Trump is declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency.  Speaking at the White House today, Trump called it the worst drug problem in world history.  He noted that addiction to painkillers is ripping apart communities and families across the U.S. 

The President said the federal government will be fighting the opioid epidemic on multiple fronts.  He argued that the resolve of the entire nation is needed to curb the epidemic.

Opioid abuse killed an estimated 64-thousand Americans last year. 

The President called it a national shame and a human tragedy.  He said the government will go after companies and individuals who seek to profit by taking advantage of the epidemic.  Trump also noted that government health officials are working to develop non-addictive painkillers. 

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was quick to praise the President's address:

"It will take an all-hands-on-deck approach with local, state and federal partners working together to attack this epidemic. Today, our state is engaging every resource at our disposal and using a three-pronged approach to tackle this problem with prevention, treatment and enforcement. This latest commitment from the president builds on our strong partnerships with groups like The Pew Charitable Trusts and Indiana University to multiply the impact of our efforts and save more Hoosier lives."

(Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.)

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