Trump declares public health emergency in US over opioid addiction

Washington - US President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency in the United States caused by rampant addiction and overdoses due to opioid drugs.

"This epidemic is a national health emergency. Nobody has seen anything like what is going on now. As Americans we cannot allow this to continue," Trump said, speaking at the White House, surrounded by several people who have lost a loved-one to opioid addiction.
Trump said addressing the problem will require a major push on many fronts and called on every American to get involved in the fight. An advertising campaign to prevent young people trying drugs and efforts to find non-addictive pain medications are among the initiatives.
Trump also said when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jingping during his upcoming trip to Asia, he will raise the subject of opioid producers in China sending the drug to the US.

Thursday, October 26th 2017

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