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tv   President Trump Remarks on the Opioid Epidemic  CSPAN  October 26, 2017 8:26pm-9:03pm EDT

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devoting a program to a discussion about sexual harassment. joining us is -- of the equal employment opportunity commission to look at the government's role in combating sexual harassment. and jackson katz of mentors and violence prevention strategies will discuss assault prevention education programs. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal at 7:00 eastern on friday morning. join the discussion. today, president trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. the new york times reports the move fall short of his promise to declare a national emergency, which would have quickly allocated federal funding. the directive does not on its own release any money to deal with the drug crisis. the president signed the memorandum in a ceremony in the east room of the white house.
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ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, and mrs. trump. ♪ [coughing] [applause] first lady trump: thank you. thank you. listen. thank you. all for being here today. it touches my heart to see the many familiar faces of the
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people who have been lucky to get to know over the last few months. thank you for the time and strength it takes for each of you to tell your stories. we are here today because of your courage. the opioid epidemic has affected more than 2 million americans nationwide, and sadly, the number continues to rise. americansre than 175 who overdose every day, and millions more are struggling with addiction. as many of you know, addiction affects children in many different ways, and i have recently taken a larger interest in what i can do to help fight this epidemic. [applause] first lady trump: i have been participating in meetings and listening sessions, and i have
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been visiting people who have been affected by this disease. i want to take a moment to tell you what i have learned from the men and women on the front line of this epidemic. son,lked to me about his garrett, who took medication for adhd, and suffered from depression and anxiety. he explained that social media played a part in his son's erratic behaviors. he started to bite synthetic opioids are mine and self medicated for his depression from an overdose eight days before his 31st birthday. talk me the stigma of drug conviction must be normalized, and talking about it is the only way to do that. david mcgee talked about his friend, who became addicted
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prescribed.tion was his friend died from an overdose and through his tragic loss, he taught me how important it is to educate kids, athletes, and parents, because his friend was not we can minded. in fact, like so many of our kids today, he was imperative and strong-willed. in -- sabra helped me learn that drug addiction is a disease, but with the proper support and medical attention, a person can move on to live a healthy and help you life -- healthy life. we are so proud of you for all you have overcome, sabra, and pray for you as you continue on this journey. hello. [applause]
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first lady trump: when i had the honor of visiting willy's place in west virginia, a recovery center for infants born addicted to drugs, i learned that to help babies to succeed, we must help their parents succeed. -- theyg the priority are giving infants the best opportunity to try because their parents are being given the support and tools they need to succeed. i want to thank rebecca crowder and the staff at lilies place for their harrowing efforts. [applause] first lady trump: thank you. i have learned so much from those brave enough to talk about this epidemic, and i know that there are many more stories to tell. a commoni found to be
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theme with all of these stories is that this can happen to any of us. take yourtion can friends, neighbors, or your families. no state has been spared, and no demographic has been untouched. hash is why my husband dedicated itself to combating this health crisis by using every resource available. i am so proud to support him today. as he sees this commitment through, i look forward to continue my work on behalf of children across the country and hope that citizens everywhere will join forces with this thisistration to help end health crisis. thank you very much for being here with us today. bless you all, and god bless the united states of america. [applause]
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pres. trump: thank you, melania, for your devotion. that was a deep devotion, i can tell you that, to our nation and its children. think you also to members of congress. my cabinet, governors, members of congress, state, local leaders, first responders, and health care professionals gathered here today, we have ine truly incredible people this room, i can tell you. most importantly, we acknowledge the families present who lost a cherished loved one. personall know from experience, families, communities, and citizens across our country, are currently dealing with the worst drug crisis in american history, and
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even, if you really think about it, world history. this is all throughout the world. the fact is, this is a worldwide problem. this crisis of drug use, addiction, and overdose deaths, in many years, it has been so long in the making. addressing it will require all of our efforts, and it will require us to confront the crisis in all of its very real complexity. last year, we lost at least 64,000 americans to overdoses. that is 175 lost american lives per day. that is seven lost lives per hour in our country. drug overdoses are now the leading cause of unintentional death in the united states by far. more people are dying from drug overdoses today than from gun homicides and motor vehicles
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combined. think of it. motor vehicle crashes, gun homicides, more people by far from drug overdoses. these overdoses are driven by a massive increase in addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids. last year, almost one million americans used heroin, and more than 11 million abused prescription opioids. the united states is by far the largest consumer of these drugs, using more opioid pills per person than any other country by far in the world. opioid overdose deaths have 1999 and nownce account for the majority of fatal drug overdoses. who would have thought? no part of our society, not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural, has been spared
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this plague, drug addiction, and this horrible, horrible situation that has taken place with opioids. in west virginia, a truly great state, great people. there is a hospital nursery, where one in every five babies .pend the first days in agony because these precious babies were exposed to other drugs in the womb, they endure nausea, pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, and trouble eating, just the same as adults undergoing detox. some of these children will likely lose one or both of their parents to drug addiction and .verdose they would join the growing ranks of america's opioid orphans. such beautiful, beautiful babies
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. beyond the shocking death toll, the terrible measure of the opioid crisis includes the families ripped apart, and for generationities, a of lost potential and opportunity. this epidemic is a national health emergency. unlike many of us, in what we have seen in our lifetimes, nobody has seen anything like what is going on now. as americans, we cannot allow this to continue. it is time to liberate our communities from the scourge of drug addiction. never been this way. we can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. we can do it. [applause]
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pres. trump: that is why, effective today, my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a emergencyublic health under federal law. and why i am directing all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis. this marks a critical step in confronting the extraordinary as parte that we face of this emergency response. we will announce a new policy to overcome a restrictive 1970's era rule that prevents states from providing care at certain treatment facilities with more than 16 beds for those suffering
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from drug addiction. [applause] pres. trump: a number of states have reached out to us, asking for relief, and view it -- and you should expect to see approvals which will come very, very fast, not like in the past. very, very quickly. epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. it will require the result of our entire country. the scale of this crisis of addiction is why, soon after coming into office, i convened a presidential commission headed by governor chris christie, that has consulted with experts across america, to listen, to
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learn, and report back on potential solutions. we await the final report which will come in next week, and i has some of the report already been seen. i want to see it as quickly as possible. some of the things they are recommending our common sense but very, very important. they are going to have a , believe me.pact i will detail many of these aggressive steps with my administration, which we have already taken. after we review and evaluate the commission's findings, i will anckly move to implement appropriate recommendation. i want the american people to know the federal government is aggressively fighting the opioid epidemic on all fronts. we are working with doctors and medical professionals to implement best practices for prescribing, and we
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will do something very, very special. prescribers tog receive finally special training. the centers for disease control and prevention has launched a prescription awareness campaign to put faces on the danger of opioid abuse. i want to ignore knowledge cvs caremark for announcing last month it will limit opioid prescriptions to seven-day other important reforms, and i encourage other companies to do their part to help stop this epidemic. [applause] the fda is now requiring drug companies that manufacture prescription opioids
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to provide more training to prescribers and to help prevent abuse and addiction, and has requested that one especially high risk opioid be withdrawn from the market immediately. we are requiring that a specific evil bewhich is truly taken off the market immediately. [applause] the u.s. postal service and the department of homeland security are strengthening the inspection of package is coming into our country to hold back the flood of cheap and deadly fentanyl, a synthetic opioid manufactured in china and 50 times stronger than heroine, and in two weeks, i will be in china with president xi, and i will mention this
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as a top priority. [applause] and he will do something about it. i am also pleased to report, that for the first time, the department of justice has indicated major chinese drug , and they have put very strong clamps on them, indicted them. the drug traffickers, for distribution fentanyl in the united states. good job. good job. and they have been indicted. we are not going to forget about them. they are doing tremendous harm to our country. the justice department is aggressively and valiantly pursuing those who illegally
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inscribed in traffic opioids our movies and on the internet. and i will be looking at the potential of the federal government bringing major lawsuits against bad actors what they have and what they are doing to our people is unheard of. we will be bringing some very major lawsuits against people and against companies that are hurting our people and that will start taking place pretty soon. [applause] also trump: we are supporting first responders and medical professionals access to the tools they need to prevent death through life-saving overdose medications. at my direction, the national headed upof health, by francis collins, has taken the first steps of an ambitious withc/private partnership from cynical to develop nonaddictive painkillers and new
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treatments for addiction and overdose. so important. [applause] pres. trump: i will be pushing the concept of nonaddictive very, very hard. we have to come up with that solution. we give away billions and billions of dollars a year, and we are going to be spending lots of money on coming up with a non-addict to have solution. nonaddictive solution. we will be asking the nih for substantial resources in the fight against drug addiction. one of the things our administration will be doing is massive advertising campaign to get people, especially children, not to want to take drugs in the first place. they will see the devastation and the ruination it
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causes to people in people's lives. watch what happens if we do our jobs how the number of drug users and the addicted will start to tumble downward over a period of years. it will be a beautiful thing to see. i learned myself. i had a brother, fred, great guy, best looking guy, best personality, much better than mine. [laughter] pres. trump: but he had a problem with alcohol, and he would tell me, "don't drink. don't drink." he was substantially older, and i listened to him. he would constantly tell me "don't drink." he would also add "don't smoke." but he would say it over and over and over again. , i have never had a drink. and i have no longing for it. i have no interest in it. to this day, i have never had a cigarette.
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those are only two of my good things. i don't want to tell you about the bad things. there are plenty of bad things. i had somebody that guided me. i had a very tough life because of alcohol. believe me. he was a strong guy. it was a tough, tough thing that he was going through. i learned because of fred during a learned. that is what i think is so important. this was an idea i had where if we can teach young people not to to takegs, just not them, when i see friends of mine that are having difficulties with not having that drink at dinner, where it is literally almost impossible for them to stop, i say to myself "i cannot even understand it. why would that be difficult?" we understand why it is difficult. the fact is, if we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start, it is really, really easy not to take
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them. i think that is going to end up being the most important thing. really tough, really big, really great advertising. to people before they start of a don't have to go to the problems of what people are going through. [applause] pres. trump: we are already distributing nearly $1 billion in grants for addiction prevention and treatment, and over $50 million to support law enforcement programs that assist those facing prison and facing addiction. we have also launched and $81 million partnership to research better pain management techniques for our incredible veterans. and soon -- [laughter] -- [applause]
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and by the way, is here. you have done an incredible job for our veterans. and soon, hhs will launch a task force to develop and update best for pain management across the federal government. i am urging all americans to help fight this opioid epidemic and the broader issue of drug addiction by participating in the national prescription drug saturday.ay this when you can safely turn in these drugs towards disposal, that will be a wonderful, wonderful period of time for you. all of these actions are important parts of my administration's larger effort to confront the drug addiction
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crisis in america, and confront it head on, straight on. strong. we are going to do it. for too long, we have allowed drugs to ravage american homes, cities, and towns. we owe it to our children and country to do everything in our power to address this national .hame and this human tragedy we must stop the flow of all types of illegal drugs into our communities. [applause] pres. trump: for too long, dangerous criminal cartels have been allowed to infiltrate and spread throughout our nation. and astonishing -- an astonishing 90% of heroine in america comes from south of the border, where we will be building a wall, which will
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greatly help in this problem. [applause] have arump: we will great impact. my administration is dedicated to enforcing our immigration , defending our maritime security, and securing our borders. we also have to work with other countries to stop these drugs where they originate. we have no choice. we have to work with others. we have to get together because they have similar problems to what we have. some countries have bigger problems than we have. whether that country is china, whether it is a country in latin america, it makes no difference. we will be working with all of them. we are taking the fight directly to the criminals and places that they are producing this poison. here in america, we are once again in forcing the law, breaking up gangs and
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distribution networks, and arresting criminals who peddle dangerous drugs to our youth. in addition, we understand the , right confront reality smack in the face, that millions of our fellow citizens are already addicted. that is the reality. we want them to get help they need. we have no choice but to help these people that are hooked and suffering, so they can recover and rebuild their lives with their families. we are committed to pursuing innovative approaches that have been proven to work, like drug courts. our efforts will be based on sound metrics and guided by evidence and guided by results. this includes making addiction treatment available to those in and to help them eventually reenter society as productive and law-abiding
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citizens. finally, we must adopt the most common sense solution of all to prevent our citizens from becoming addicted to drugs in the first place. [applause] pres. trump: we must and are focusing so much of our effort on drug demand reduction. we must confront the culture of drug abuse head on to reduce demand for dangerous narcotics. every person who buys illicit drugs here in america should know that they are risking their families, and even their lives. every american should know that if they purchase illegal drugs, they are helping to finance some of the most violence, cruel, and ruthless organizations anywhere in the world.
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illegal drug use is not a victimless crime. admirable,thing positive, or socially desirable about it. there is nothing desirable about drugs. they are bad. we want the next generation of young americans to know the life ins of a drug-free this enormous struggle against drug addiction and opioid epidemic. it really is that. it is an epidemic. our greatest hope is the same as it has always been. every trial, america has won. each of us has a responsibility to ourselves, to our family, to our country, including those who are struggling with this
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addiction. each of us is responsible to look out for our loved ones, our communities, our neighbors, and our own health. hasst every american witnessed the horrors of addiction, whether it is through their own struggle or through the struggle of a friend, a coworker, a neighbor, or frankly, a family member. our current addiction crisis and especially the epidemic of opioid deaths will get worse before it gets better, but get better it will. it will take many years and even decades to address this scourge in our society, but we must start in earnest now to combat national health emergency. we are inspired by the stories of everyday heroes who pull their communities from the depths of despair through leadership and love. of new hampshire,
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great state, run the program. say station which allows drug dependent residence to seek help at fire stations at any time. jesse and cindy swofford in dayton, ohio, have provided a stable home for children affected by the opiate crisis. i am calling on every american to join the ranks of guardian angels like chief noonan and the swofford's, who helped lift up the people of our great nation. together, we will care for our citizens, our children, and our orphans. you know what i am going to say, our foster youth. so many. so many. we are going to lift them up and take care of them. we will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier, and drug-free society
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. together, we will face this challenge as a national family, with conviction, with unity, and a commitment to love and support our neighbors in times of dire need. working together, we will defeat this opioid epidemic. it will be defeated. we will free our nation from the terrible affliction of drug abuse, and yes, we will overcome addiction in america. we are going to overcome addiction in america. we have fought and won many battles and many wars before, and we will win again. thank you. god bless you, and god bless america. thank you. [applause]
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pres. trump: this is very important. the national drug demand and opioid crisis. all right?
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[applause] pres. trump: [indiscernible] [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seat. [applause] >> a couple questions for the president. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain seated until our guest on stage have departed.
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>> president trump exclaimed the ovulating crisis a public health emergency, joined by the first lady in the east room of the white house. .ou're taking your calls if you are a republican at 202-748-8921. democrats, 202-748-8920. independents and all others,
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202-748-8922. the declaration could expand access to medicine in rural areas and cut down on delays from red tape dispensing grant money. it could also shift grants around to combating the crisis. we will get your call. democrat, would you think about what you heard from the president? >> everything i heard some good. it is going to be in matter of putting your money where your mouth is. our health-care care system today cannot handle another epidemic like this without financial aid. they are just moving money around. it will not work. we are trying to cut taxes. we have had four hurricanes hitting parts of the country.

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