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Trump shifts to opioid crisis

Trump shifts to opioid crisis

Donald Trump during his August 3 West Virginia rally.

Experts predict a marked rise in the 2016 figures due to increasing numbers of prescription painkiller users turning to heroin and fentanyl, which are cheaper and more deadly.

"The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place", Trump said. The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. "Declare a national emergency".

But Trump has yet to act on the commission's recommendations.

New Jersey is the home state of Republican Gov. Chris Christie-who is also the chair of the opioid panel.

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"If they don't start, they won't have a problem".

According to NBC News, Dr Christopher Ruhm examined death certificates from 2008 to 2014 and found that the opioid mortality rate was 24 percent higher and the heroin mortality rate was 22 percent higher than previously reported.

Trump spoke hours after the release of new government statistics showing a deepening of the crisis.

Trump tweeted an announcement of the speech just after he retweeted a Fox & Friends report on the crisis. Americans consume more opioids than any other country, the opioid commission said.

"This is a total epidemic, and I think it's probably nearly untalked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing", Trump said in late March.

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The commission, meanwhile, started out on productive footing.

"Our citizens are dying", the report said. "We must act boldly to stop it", the commission wrote in the report, unveiled Monday.

Some critics, however, have argued that having the commission study the issue is misguided, wasting time in solving the epidemic; what is needed, they say, is more funding. The president has yet to respond.

"Nobody is safe from this epidemic that threatens young and old, rich and poor, rural and urban", the president said at his Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

With Trump at the briefing was First Lady Melania Trump, top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and other White House officials.

The new figures demonstrate the depths of the crisis gripping the country. "We are reviewing its recommendations, and eagerly await its final report".

It criticized the White House's effort to repeal the healthcare law, saying this "would gut treatment and slash our ability to fight the epidemic".

The Department of Justice, meanwhile, had been conducting its own investigation into the causes and scope of the crisis.

Activists have called on the Trump Administration to finally do more to combat the crisis. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH, two states hit hard by the epidemic.

Trump has yet to propose specific legislation to combat the crisis.