Trump administration says Trump has not asked for help with opioid deaths
The Trump administration said Thursday that President Donald Trump has asked for nothing from the Obama administration to help address the opioid crisis.
The White House said the Trump administration has not requested any federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the purchase of fentanyl medications.
CDC Administrator Dr. Tom Frieden also told reporters Thursday that the agency has not received any requests for any fentanyl products, such as those from other governments or the pharmaceutical industry.
Frieden told reporters the CDC does not track who requests these drugs.
We are just not aware of any requests from the administration for this type of drugs from the White House,” he said.
We need to find out how many opioids are in the country, how many people are dying from it, and how many lives are being lost to this drug epidemic,” he added.”
As we work to better understand the nature of the problem, and to develop a strategy to address it, I am directing the CDC to provide more information to the president on the development of this new strategy,” Frieden said.
“We need to find out how many opioids are in the country, how many people are dying from it, and how many lives are being lost to this drug epidemic,” he added.