President Trump getting briefed on opioid crisis

Trump relatively quiet on opioid crisis despite campaign vows

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Trump will be briefed on the crisis by Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price.

Trump, who frequently talked about the drug epidemic during the campaign, has been criticized for remaining largely quiet about the crisis as president.

Trump's opioid commission asked the president to declare the opioid crisis a national health emergency.

"We urge the president to take these steps", Christie said.

Doing so would allow the administration to remove some barriers and waive some federal rules, such as one that restricts where Medicaid recipients can receive addiction treatment.

According the report, Americans "consume more opioids than any other country in the world".

A national CDC study showing 25% of all drug overdose deaths were related to heroin in 2015.

Christie said a final report from the White House commission would be issued this fall.

During his campaign, the president promised he would swiftly end the crisis by building a wall along the southern US border to stop the flow of heroin into the country, boosting funding for recovery programs and approaching the problem with a humanitarian mind-set instead of a law-and-order one. However, it would also cut $167 million from abuse prevention. "The opioid epidemic we are facing is unparalleled".

Republican legislation in the Senate to dismantle the Obamacare healthcare law included $45 billion for fighting the opioid epidemic, on top of the $2 billion in an earlier version of the bill, but the measure was defeated last month.

"Our citizens are dying", the report said. Tuesday's meeting with Price marks his first public event in days.

"I will be holding a major briefing on the Opioid crisis, a major problem for our country, today at 3:00 Bedminster, N.J.", he tweeted.

A report from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, chair of the President's opioid commission, says that from 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died of drug overdoses - opioids account for the majority of those deaths.

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