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Trump’s opioid public health emergency highlights differences with FDA

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Capitol HillPresident Donald Trump yesterday declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency – a move that he said will help “liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction.”

The president, surrounded by lawmakers and advocates, said that the government’s plan to fight the opioid epidemic would include “really tough, really big, really great advertising” that would try to persuade people against using drugs in the first place.

“This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs, it’s really, really easy not to take them,” Trump said.

His plan to combat the nation’s drug problem with the willpower of the average American is vastly different from the strategy highlighted by FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who earlier this week underscored the importance of expanding access to medication-assisted treatment to curb the opioid epidemic.

Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News.

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