HHS Statement on President Trump’s Opioid Announcement

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The Heath and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD had the following response to President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding the opioid epidemic. Trump’s announcement instructed the HHS to use all appropriate authority to respond to the nation’s opioid crisis.

President Trump is taking strong, decisive action in directing the Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. Today’s announcement demonstrates our sense of urgency to fight the scourge of addiction that is affecting all corners of this country.

Traveling the country, we have seen firsthand the devastation this crisis is inflicting on individuals, families, and communities. President Trump’s announcement further punctuates his clear commitment to combating this epidemic and I thank him for his leadership.

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