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Trump's Drug Policies Are Saving Lives, First Drop in Overdose Deaths in Decades

The administration of President Donald Trump has been working hard to implement impactful policies to slow the massive opioid crisis in America. And now we know it’s working.

For the first time in decades, the number of deaths due to drug overdose declined in 2018.

The decline, as reported in preliminary numbers released by the federal government Wednesday, show that Trump’s policies are saving lives.

“The latest provisional data on overdose deaths show that America’s united efforts to curb opioid use disorder and addiction are working,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement Wednesday. “Lives are being saved, and we’re beginning to win the fight against this crisis.”

According to the Washington Examiner, the 5.1 percent drop in drug overdose deaths is the first decline since 1990.

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“The steepest declines occurred primarily in areas that have been hit hardest by the opioid crisis, such as Ohio, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Alaska,” the Examiner reported.

“Lives are being saved, and we’re beginning to win the fight against this crisis,” Azar said.

The HHS secretary wasn’t shy about giving Trump the credit.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, and thanks to efforts on the ground by communities across America, the number of patients receiving medication assisted treatment has risen, distribution of overdose-reversing drugs is up, and nationwide opioid prescriptions are down,” Azar said.

But the battle isn’t over. There is much work to be done.

“While the declining trend of overdose deaths is an encouraging sign, by no means have we declared victory against the epidemic or addiction in general,” Azar said.

Cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine deaths are trending upward. And not slowly.

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The decrease in overdose deaths, while encouraging, is still just a first step in the right direction.

“This crisis developed over two decades and it will not be solved overnight,” Azar said. “We also face other emerging threats, like concerning trends in cocaine and methamphetamine overdoses. President Trump and HHS will continue to provide the resources and support communities, families, and individuals in our collective efforts to prevent and treat addiction.”

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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