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Fighting the Crisis Next Door
Two million Americans suffer from addiction to prescription or illicit opioids. In 2017, opioids killed more people than either car accidents or gun violence.
Americans cannot let stigma, silence, or a lack of information prevent us from confronting this crisis. The Trump Administration is committed to leading that charge. Just as President Trump shared his personal story last October about his brother’s struggle with alcoholism, all Americans whose lives have been touched by opioid addiction deserve a place to tell their stories.
Now, they have one. “We're announcing a new website, CrisisNextDoor.gov, where Americans can share their stories about the danger of the opioid addiction and addictions,” President Trump said yesterday in Manchester, New Hampshire. “This epidemic can affect anyone, and that's why we want to educate everyone.”
If you have an experience to share, you can record your story directly from your iPhone or upload a pre-recorded video. You may also watch what others have to say about confronting opioid addiction.
Visit ‘The Crisis Next Door’ now to hear these voices—or to lend your own.
Restoring order to our immigration system
This afternoon, President Trump is hosting a roundtable discussion with law enforcement about sanctuary cities in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. During the past year, the President has made a priority of protecting Americans no matter where they live.
>From the earliest days of his Administration, President Trump made it clear he would not stand for lawlessness in the country’s immigration system. That attitude got results quickly: In February of last year, Miami-Dade County reversed its years-long sanctuary city policies. By August, the Administration determined that Miami-Dade County—Florida’s biggest—was now in compliance.
Furthermore, one of the President’s first Executive Orders informed sanctuary cities that failure to abide by Federal immigration laws would jeopardize their access to certain Federal grant money.
Read more: Facing the facts about our broken immigration system
A President that puts rural America front and center
Each U.S. farmer feeds more than 165 people—a dramatic increase from 25 people per farmer just a half-century ago, according to the Agriculture Council of America. Today is National Agriculture Day, or “Ag Day,” which offers an opportunity to reflect on the essential role agriculture plays in American life.
Throughout the past year, President Trump has made rural America a centerpiece of his Administration. In the President’s proposal for rebuilding America’s infrastructure, he has asked Congress to invest $50 billion in Federal funds for rural infrastructure.
“No doubt, rural America has struggled under burdensome regulations with no voice in Washington,” Secretary Perdue writes in the task force’s report. “Under President Trump’s leadership, and with the work of this task force, we can turn that around.”
Read the President’s Ag Day Proclamation here.
Photo of the Day
President Trump delivers remarks on the Opioid Crisis | March 19, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
Today, President Trump will welcome Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the White House. The two will meet before having a working lunch along with Vice President Mike Pence.
This morning, the Vice President will deliver remarks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture commemorating the President’s National Agriculture Day Proclamation
This afternoon, the President and Vice President will host a law enforcement roundtable on sanctuary cities before attending the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner.