White House adviser Kellyanne Conway responded to President Trump’s speech on the opioid crisis on Thursday, saying “the best way to stop people from dying from overdoses and drug abuse is by not starting in the first place.”
“The president echoed the message that many healthcare providers and elected officials say, which is, the best way to stop people from dying from overdoses and drug abuse is by not starting in the first place,” Conway said in an appearance on Fox News after Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
“That’s big core message for our youth that the First Lady is continuing to push with prevention education,” Conway continued.
“That’s what I think is so important. This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs – just not to take them,” Trump said Thursday afternoon. “The fact is, if we can teach young people – and people, generally – not to start, it’s really, really easy not to take them.”
Trump decided to declare the crisis a public health emergency instead of a national emergency, which had been recommended by his opioid commission. Trump’s declaration won’t free up much additional funding.
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