9:03 AM PT — Mon. February 12, 2018
Thank you to Sue Kruczek, who lost her wonderful and talented son Nick to the Opioid scourge, for your kind words while on @foxandfriends. We are fighting this terrible epidemic hard – Nick will not have died in vain!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2018
In a tweet Monday, President Trump sent a ‘ thank you’ to Sue Kruczek for her kind words during a recent interview. Kruczek lost her son Nick to what the president called the “opioid scourge.”
He said the government is fighting the terrible epidemic to ensure her boy does not die in vain.
The president’s fiscal 2019 budget sets aside nearly $17 billion for the opioid epidemic.
The White House Budget Office said opioid overdoses kill more Americans per year than car accidents.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions assured improvements are being made at the Justice Department to stem the opioid crisis.
During a speech at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference on Monday, Sessions said 64,000 deaths were due to drug overdoses in 2017.
He said the DOJ also arrested and charged hundreds of people connected to the black market opioid trade last year.
The attorney general highlighted another major accomplishment as the U.S. murder rate significantly decreased during the first six months of 2017.