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Bill Johnson Joins President Trump at White House to Discuss Opioid Epidemic

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Salem, March 30, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after meeting with President Donald Trump and other Members of Congress at the White House to discuss America's growing drug addiction and opioid crisis:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after meeting with President Donald Trump and other Members of Congress at the White House to discuss America's growing drug addiction and opioid crisis:

President Trump made a promise to the American people during his campaign: he promised to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country and to help those who have been affected by them. Today, I met with President Trump at the White House where he expanded on his commitment to confront this important challenge. He again expressed his willingness to work with anyone, from inside or outside of government, and from any political background, to find solutions to protect Americans from this dangerous epidemic.  Ohio – particularly Eastern and Southeastern Ohio -- has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis; there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hear or read another heartbreaking story. I look forward to continuing to work with the President and other leaders as we fight this scourge.

As I have stated many times, and as I told the President today, this issue is not a political one…it is an American issue. Addiction does not discriminate by age, race, social class, economic status, or political party.  Solving this problem is going to take communities, families, churches, and elected officials from the President all the way down to township trustees. We all must be in this fight together.

BACKGROUND: Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission will study ways to combat and treat this growing epidemic, which was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths nationwide in 2015. 

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