US President Donald Trump creates Commission to seek Solutions for Drug Addiction

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Chris Christie said he's honored President Donald Trump has selected him to chair a commission focused on combating the nation's opioid addiction crisis.

Gov. Christie and President Trump launched an opioid and drug addiction task force. The objective of the commission will be to study the impact of past federal programs in this area.

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"During my campaign I promised to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country and I want to just thank Secretary Kelly, he's done an awesome job, down 61 percent of the border now in terms of people and the drugs are being stopped". The commission will then, in turn, recommend efforts to more effectively battle drug addiction.

The members will look at the effectiveness of educational messages for youth and adults regarding prescription and illicit opioids. It will submit a final report with recommendations by October 1, 2017, unless Christie provides written notice to the president for an extension.

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Trump, who signed an executive order creating the commission after a White House meeting with various stakeholders, said he stands by his campaign-trail promise "to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country and to help those who have been so badly affected by them". "This is a total epidemic, and I think it's probably nearly untalked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing". If anything, he's worked to restrict their access to treatment: The president has proposed $100 million in cuts to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's mental-health block grants, which support addiction services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that almost half of those overdose deaths involved prescription drugs.

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