On Thursday, October 26, President Trump declared a national public health emergency over the opioid epidemic.
Trump said that over 90% of the heroin in the country comes from Mexico. He plans to combat this problem with preventing drugs from crossing the border. He believes his wall will inhibit the influx of drugs and reduce the supply and outreach so fewer people can be affected. Other people aren’t so sure that the President’s wall will fix the opioid epidemic because a lot of opioids are prescribed by doctors in the country.
These prescription uses could be the event that gets people addicted. When the prescription is done, the people still crave the drug and try to find other ways to get opioids.
The President also stated that he believes we can be the generation to end this crisis. Trump focused on another factor of the opioid issue, saying that we need to be tougher on Americans who purchase and use these drugs. “There is nothing admirable, positive, or socially desirable about it,” Trump said.