Trump vows to 'liberate' Americans from 'scourge of drug addiction'

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump arrives in the East Room of the White House to deliver remarks on combating the opioid crisis Thursday. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

But critics say his words won’t mean much without the money to back them up.

Thu Oct 26 18:05:31 EDT 2017

President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday and touted “really tough, really big, really great advertising” against drug use. But despite his August vow to spend “a lot of money” to combat it, he did not pump additional funds into an epidemic that has ravaged communities and claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Trump said he would swiftly “review and evaluate” recommendations due next week from his opioid commission and promised to fight illegal drug shipments from countries

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