Pres. Trump: We’re Fighting the Opioid Scourge Hard

FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump, joined by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, left, Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, right, speaks to the media as he arrives at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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9:03 AM PT — Mon. 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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Conference on law enforcement efforts to combat the opioid crisis and violent crime, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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.