|NEW: Overdose deaths plummet in states hit hardest by drug crisis|
For the nearly 20 million Americans battling substance abuse today, the Trump Administration just launched a new website, FindTreatment.gov, designed to help locate the best treatment options tailored to each person’s particular situation and needs.
Despite its importance, finding the best treatment option for those who need it most hasn’t always been easy. This new website scraps the failed one-size-fits-all approach that Washington too often favors, adopting best practices from outside of government to avoid the usual bureaucratic mess and muddle that can plague public projects.
Now, it’s easier than ever to learn about the full range of resources available, from understanding payment and insurance options to locating the right treatment program among the more than 13,000 state-licensed facilities across the country.
💵 READ: The full cost of the opioid crisis? $2.5 trillion over 4 years.
America’s opioid epidemic is one of the signature issues President Donald J. Trump identified for his Administration to tackle from day one. Before he took office, nearly 64,000 Americans had died from a drug overdose in 2016 alone. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 of those deaths—more than any previous year on record.
Today, that crisis shows signs of fading. The United States saw a 5.1% decline in overdose deaths in 2018, including 24% and 17% drops respectively in the hard-hit states of Ohio and Kentucky. Today’s launch will aim to improve those figures even more.
“We designed it with human-centered principles in mind,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said. “We used real words for real people.”
“Overdose deaths drop sharply in States hard hit by opioid crisis.”
Help is available: Visit FindTreatment.gov or share it with a loved one today.
First and Second Lady deliver a message on disaster preparednessToday,
First Lady Melania Trump and Second Lady Karen Pence traveled together to South Carolina in a joint effort to highlight emergency preparedness. The two visited both a local elementary school and nearby military base.
At Lambs Elementary, Mrs. Trump and Mrs. Pence stopped by a classroom packed with more than 50 students learning about the Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project, an emergency response program for children to help them better prepare for natural disasters. Going table to table, the First and Second Ladies greeted the fifth graders and asked what each would put into their pillowcases in the event of an emergency. Before departing, they handed out small flashlights.
The next stop was Joint Base Charleston, where the two met with service members and their families. They thanked the troops for their hard work on behalf of our Nation and learned about the base’s capabilities for disaster response, relief, and recovery.
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