Trump on Opioids Crisis

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TrumpAROUND THE NEK- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016 America saw over 64,000 drug overdose deaths. In that same year Vermont saw 106 deaths from opioid related over doses.



During a phone call with Mexican President Pena Nieto in 2017, President Trump called New Hampshire a drug infested den. Monday saw the president return to the Granite State to speak about the opioid epidemic.

Five months ago, the president declared opioid abuse a public health emergency.

"Defeating this epidemic will require the commitment of every state, local and federal agency," said President Trump, during an event at Manchester Community College on Monday. "Failure is not an option. Addiction is not our future."

The President says this emergency is so dire, that traffickers of the drug should be put to death.

"If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we're just wasting our time," said Trump.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the omnibus bill, which appropriated money to help with the opioid crisis.

Vice Chairmen of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy, announced on Wednesday that Vermont would be getting over $150 million dollars to help combat the opioid epidemic.

This includes over 30 million in grants for anti-heroin task forces. A minimum of four million in grants for opioid response programs. And 130 million to help rural communities of high risk for opioid abuse.

"I think there should be money put into treatment," said Cheryl Chandler, Regional Prevention Partnerships Coordinator at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. "But there also should be money put into prevention as well. That is part of the solution, but I think education and community collation work is very important in this crisis."

The state of Vermont does offer help for those struggling with addiction.

"The Kingdom Recovery Center is a peer based recovery place," said Stephen Kline, a member on the Vermont Opioid Coordination Council. "There are 12 throughout the state called Vermont Recovery Networks."

Kingdom Recovery Center was founded in September of 2004, and at the time there weren't many options for people.

"We started this place here Kingdom Recovery Cente, so that there would be a place where people could get some kind of help," said Kline. "And the best kind of help we found at the time was a peer recovery."

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