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Here’s everything Trump said about the opioid crisis in his State of the Union

POSTED February 1, 2018 3:29 a.m.
President Donald Trump spoke about opioids in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but only for 49 seconds, according to The Huffington Post.

Trump’s entire speech lasted for anhour and 20 minutes, which is one of the longest in recent history.

Trump said that he hopes to address immigration reform and provide tougher reform on drug enforcement in the country.

Trump outlined the opioid crisis in his explanation of the four pillars that he hope will produce legislation.

Here’s what Trump said about the opioid crisis in his speech, according to CNN’s copy of the transcript:

“In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.

My administration is committed to fighting the drug epidemic and helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long and difficult — but, as Americans always do, we will prevail.

As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America.

We see a vivid expression of this truth in the story of the Holets family of New Mexico. Ryan Holets is 27 years old and an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is here tonight with his wife, Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.

In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: ‘You will do it — because you can.’ He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then, he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope.

Ryan and Rebecca: You embody the goodness of our nation. Thank you, and congratulations.”

Trump has been notably outspoken about the opioid crisis, dating back to his campaign in 2015. In August, Trump declared an opioid crisis national emergency, according to NBC News.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency," Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."

The opioid crisis has been a major epidemic in the United States with nearly 35,000 people dying from heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


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