Embattled Cabinet members attend White House opioid event

Embattled Cabinet members attend White House opioid event

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"We all know there is still much work to be done, which is why you're all here today", she told a crowd at the White House, which included family members of those who died from painkiller and heroin abuse.

The President also lamented that the United States does not have stricter punishments for drug dealers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the previous year with publicly available data.

The president's comments came just after the West Virginia attorney general announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to decrease opioid prescriptions in the U.S. President Trump has also nominated Carroll to permanently hold the position of "drug czar". "Take the gun first, go through due process second", Trump declared.

Other administration officials were expected to attend as well as about 200 advocates and others directly connected to the opioid crisis.

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"We have pushers and drug dealers that don't - I mean they kill hundreds and hundreds of people and majority don't even go to jail". It's a problem that's growing.

In a testy exchange with ABC News's Cecilia Vega, Sanders was initially asked whether US President Donald Trump intends to fire Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

"If other countries are dumping their products on USA soil because they're subsidizing them, whether that's steel or aluminum, or anything else, this president has been very clear: We're going to have fair trade". "We're going to have a level playing field".

Speaking before to NPR before the start of the event, the nation's top doctor said he was a mission to raise awareness about the epidemic. "The majority of the public does not see the opioid epidemic as rising to the level of an emergency, so it's important that we continue to say at the highest levels, this is a problem in all communities and it's getting worse".

Ross recommended the tariffs, as Breitbart News reported, to Trump - noting that the goal is to increase domestic steel production to 80 percent from its current rate of 73 percent, while also increasing the American production of aluminum to 80 percent from its current rate of only 48 percent.