President Barack Obama is calling on the Trump administration not to overreact to the opioid crisis and the deaths of at least 43 people in Ohio.
“We’re going to work with the states and localities to find a way to bring about a lasting solution, and I think the president wants to make sure that we are not going to get caught in the crossfire,” the president told the American Enterprise Institute in a Thursday interview.
“I think that’s the right approach.
The president said the opioid epidemic was not a response to Trump’s presidency. “
The opioid crisis has become a national crisis, and there’s been a lot of attention paid to how to bring people into the system, but we’re going take a hard look at the way we get these drugs to people,” Obama added.
The president said the opioid epidemic was not a response to Trump’s presidency.
“It’s really the failure of our federal government to put forth any of its resources,” Obama said.
“That was not our response to the pandemic, it’s not the response that we took to the Zika crisis.
It’s the response to what we’ve seen in Ohio, that is an opioid epidemic, and the number of opioid overdose deaths is increasing and rising, and people are dying.”