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Trump said he would swiftly "review and evaluate" recommendations due next week from his opioid commission and promised to fight illegal drug shipments from countries like China.

"I know many families will welcome the lifeline of funding and resources that real action will bring", Kaptur said.

Portman said, "While Congress has made some progress in addressing this crisis by enacting the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act and the 21st Century CURES Act previous year, we can and must do more". Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., unveiled legislation which would invest $45 billion to combat the opioid crisis and called on Trump to direct the government to negotiate lower prices of naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug used by first responders. "It is going to take all of us working together including parents, law enforcement, schools, churches, community groups, and government to turn this problem around, and the action items the President announced today will help on many fronts, including prevention, education, treatment and law enforcement".

She lauded the president's promise to crack down on drug dealers and to shut down the flow of fentanyl, a powerful narcotic blamed for many overdose deaths. Overdose deaths in ME have climbed at a rate that has been among the highest of any state over the past four years.

"Many of the people we've seen, or had to turn away, are having trouble getting a doctor to prescribe Suboxone, or don't have a way to pay for it", she said. Although the apparent plateau may seem like good news, the total number of deaths in 2016 - 376 - was the highest ever recorded in Maine. It found that Maine's signature lobster industry has been hit especially hard, and that women are at greater risk because of a lack of services.

The Obama administration in 2015 started offering waivers that states could apply for so larger clinics get reimbursed, and at least four states have received waivers to improve access to treatment. And it found that stigma and shame still exist as barriers to progress. "People start taking these opioids for physical pain but they also ease mental pain and are very addictive".

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These so-called medication-assisted treatments continue to be stigmatized in many places.

On the campaign trail, he would often speak about the opioid crisis in states like New Hampshire and OH, but would often cite drugs pouring from across the U.S. -Mexico border as a primary driver of the problem.

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Rep. Chellie Pingree of ME, D-1st District, said she didn't see enough specifics from the president Thursday and echoed concerns about adequate funding.

Officials told reporters on the conference call that Federal Emergency Management Agency funds that would have been released under a national emergency are already exhausted from recent storms that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. "America is hemorrhaging lives by the day because of the opioid epidemic, but President Trump offered the country a Band-Aid when we need a tourniquet", said Sen. "A large part of recovery and becoming a contributing member of society is finding meaningful employment and President Trump's expansion of the Dislocated Workers Grants will help people who are struggling to find work due to their disorder, which works with the goals of my Clean Start Act".

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