President Trump Doubles Down on Opioid Epidemic

On Monday, from the Rose Garden, President Trump announced that he is doubling down on his commitment to battle the opioid epidemic.

I was asked to travel to Trump Tower recently, as a member of the president’s Media Advisory Board, to do a piece on the mental health effects of opioids and their social and economic impact. The President posted it on his Facebook page Monday night, hours after addressing the issue in the Rose Garden.

Nationally, employers are losing an estimated $10 billion per year from absenteeism and lost productivity due to opioid abuse. Castlight Health estimates that one-third of employees taking painkillers prescribed by employer plans become addicted. These numbers are staggering, and growing.

Thirty-five thousand Americans died of opioid addiction last year, and millions are addicted today and have no idea how to get better.