President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will discuss the opioid crisis at an Atlanta summit on April 24. It is an epidemic that kills scores of thousands of Americans each year.
The White House announced the appearance at the “Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit” on Twitter, on April 16. The presidential couple will speak “about their fight to end the opioid crisis in America.”
The president has allocated billions of dollars to combat drug use.
Before President Trump took office, from 2013 to 2017, more than 67,000 people died of synthetic opioid overdoses—more than the number of U.S. service members killed in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan combined.
Today, he’s fighting to end the carnage.https://t.co/rbMGbYHkKp
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 19, 2019
Furthermore, opioid abuse is one of the challenges the first lady is focusing on in her “Be Best” campaign, a national initiative to help children be their best, stressing the importance of social, emotional, and physical health
The four-day drug abuse summit is expected to be host to interested parties, including medical professionals, public health professionals, elected officials, and others.
In 2019, more than 2 million Americans will suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit opioids, according to the website CrisisNextDoor.gov.
President Trump’s Pledge
In Oct. 2018, President Trump pledged to put an “extremely big dent” in the plague that is drug abuse and addiction in America as he signed legislation designed to help tackle the deadliest epidemic of overdoses.
“My administration has also launched an unprecedented effort to target drug dealers, traffickers, and smugglers,” the president told reporters from the White House East Room.
“We are shutting down online networks, cracking down on international shipments and going after foreign traffickers like never before.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.