(White House Press Release, December 31, 2019)
COMBATING THE OPIOID CRISIS: President Trump has made battling the opioid crisis a top priority for his Administration, and the results couldn’t be clearer.
President Trump brought attention to the opioid crisis by declaring it a nationwide public health emergency.
To address the many factors fueling the drug crisis, President Trump launched an Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand.
Thanks to the President’s efforts, landmark new Federal funding and resources have been dedicated to help end this crisis.
President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the largest and most comprehensive piece of legislation to combat the opioid crisis in history.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $9 billion over 2016 to 2019 in grants to address the opioid crisis and improve access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services in partnership with State and local officials.
Nearly $1 billion in grants were recently awarded for the HEAL Initiative to support development of scientific solutions to help prevent and treat addiction.
President Trump announced a Safer Prescriber Plan that seeks to decrease the amount of opioids prescription fills by one third within three years.
- From January 2017 to September 2019, the total amount of opioids prescriptions filled in America dropped by 31%.
This year, the President launched FindTreatment.gov, a newly designed website that makes it easier to find substance abuse treatment locations.
The President implemented new efforts to educate Americans about the dangers of opioid misuse.
- These efforts include an ad campaign on youth opioid abuse that reached 58 percent of young adults in America.
President Trump and his Administration aggressively worked to cut off the flow of deadly drugs into our communities.
- In FY 2019, ICE HSI seized 12,466 pounds of opioids including 3,688 pounds of fentanyl, an increase of 35% from FY 2018.
- The Administration shut down the country’s biggest Darknet distributer of drugs, seizing enough fentanyl to kill 105,000 Americans in the process.
- Under President Trump, a DOJ strike force charged more than 65 defendants collectively responsible for distributing over 45 million opioid pills.
- The Administration has brought kingpin designations against traffickers operating in China, India, Mexico and more who have played a role in the epidemic in America.
- The Administration secured the first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl traffickers.
- This year, President Trump convinced China to enact strict regulations to control the production and sale of all types of fentanyl.
Evidence suggests that President Trump’s efforts are making a real difference across the Nation.
- Preliminary data shows overdose deaths fell nationwide in 2018 for the first time in decades.
- Many of the hardest hit states – including Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia – saw drug overdose deaths drop in 2018.
- Since 2016, there has been a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of Americans receiving medication-assisted treatment.