Trump Claims Progress on Battling Opioid Epidemic

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President Trump said Wednesday his administration is making progress in battling the opioid epidemic, even though it is unclear whether the problem is improving, according to the Associated Press.

Speaking at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Wednesday, Trump said the administration will continue to fight the epidemic “until our job is done.”

While the number of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers has decreased, nearly 48,000 Americans died from opioid-related causes in 2017, the article notes. An estimated 2 million Americans are addicted to opioids, including legal prescription medications and illegal drugs such as heroin. The vast majority of opioid overdoses reported in 2017 involved heroin and fentanyl.

Keith Humphreys, who advised presidents from both political parties on drug policy, said some states and communities are making progress in dealing with the opioid crisis, but not because of the administration’s actions.

Heroin & the Opioid Epidemic: From Understanding to Action

Heroin and other opioids are ravaging communities across America. Heroin-related deaths increased by more than five times between 2010 and 2017, and drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are seeing a sharp rise as well.

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