Trump vows to stop ‘scourge’ of opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump lauded a brand new Mexico police officer who stopped a pregnant woman coming from injecting heroin — as well as then adopted her child — as he called for a crackdown on “drug dealers as well as pushers” to stem the massive opioid epidemic.

Trump, during a State of the Union address in which recognized Officer Ryan Holets sitting from the audience, said reforms pushed by his administration will “support our response to the terrible crisis of opioid as well as drug addiction.”

“In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses: 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour. We must get much tougher on drug dealers as well as pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping This particular scourge,” Trump said. “For those who have been so terribly hurt.”

“My administration is usually committed to fighting the drug epidemic as well as helping get treatment for those in need. The struggle will be long as well as difficult — however, as Americans always do, we will prevail.”

“As we have seen tonight, the most difficult challenges bring out the best in America,” Trump said.

“We see a vivid expression of This particular truth from the story of the Holets family of brand new Mexico,” the president said.

“Ryan Holets is usually 27 years old, as well as an officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. He is usually here tonight with his wife, Rebecca. Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she did not know where to turn, however badly wanted a safe home for her baby.”

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