The First Family Takes a Stand on Drug Addiction

trump first familyLate in October, President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency on the opioid crisis in America. In his words, he directed the government to do more to combat the drug use which has become a crisis. First Lady Melania Trump also spoke, citing her concern for children who are impacted from drug use by their parents.

Trump spoke of his elder brother, Fred Trump, who died in 1981 when he was only 43. Fred was an alcoholic who understood the power of addiction when he advised his younger brother to never drink. President Trump has stated that his brother’s influence was the reason he never smoked or drank.

The focus is on children with Trump stating that early intervention is the key to stopping the drug crisis. He advocated a powerful advertising campaign designed towards children to keep them from ever starting drug use.

Melania Trump has visited treatment centers and participated in meetings on the subject. She stresses the importance of focusing on the entire family, giving parents the tools they need to help them succeed at remaining drug-free.

In a statement from the White House, President Trump states, “The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem.”

With the declaration of a public health emergency, it opens the way for improvements, including the following:

  • The Department of Labor can issue grants to dislocated workers because of the crisis
  • The Department of Health and Human Services can initiate temporary appointments for people who are specialists in this area
  • More resources can be distributed to HIV/AIDS programs since HIV transmission has a direct connection with drug abuse

Several initiations have already been put into place, including an awareness campaign which focuses on prescription medications. Prescription drugs often lead the way to illegal drug abuse. Over $1 billion has been allocated to dealing with the drug abuse crisis.