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President Trump Declares War on Opioid Epidemic

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President Trump has declared war

on the opioid epidemic that grips many towns

across the United States.

And he pledges to win.

Dale Hurd is on this story.

We will win.

We have no alternative.

We have to win for our youth.

DALE HURD: The President held a briefing on the opioid crisis

during his 17 day working vacation in New Jersey.

Drug overdose is now the leading cause

of accidental death in the United States.

And opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999.

At least 100 Americans die each day.

Opioids range from heroin to prescription pain relievers

like OxyContin and Vicodin.

Nobody is safe from this epidemic that

threatens young and old, rich and poor,

urban and rural communities.

Everybody is threatened.

DALE HURD: Trump's drug commission,

led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie,

recently called on Trump to declare a national emergency

to deal with the opioid crisis.

We're also working with law enforcement officers

to protect innocent citizens from drug dealers that

poison our communities.

Strong law enforcement is absolutely

vital to having a drug free society.

DALE HURD: Attorney General Jeff Sessions already

announced that the Justice Department was

dispatching 12 federal prosecutors

to cities ravaged by addiction.

Those prosecutors will focus exclusively on investigating

health care fraud and opioid scams that

are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic.

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

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