WATCH: Trump to speak to Congress on opioid overdose crisis, overdose death toll
Posted On August 9, 2021
The president on Thursday plans to speak in the House on opioid addiction and overdose deaths, and will also visit a state that is grappling with the epidemic.
Trump will speak to House Republicans and members of the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a Trump adviser, told reporters.
The president will be joined by the vice president and the first lady, and he’ll also be joined on stage by Vice President Mike Pence, the Trump transition team said.
The president has repeatedly called for opioid addiction treatment, which has caused thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S.
The opioid crisis is killing more Americans than gun violence, the president said in January during his first address to a joint session of Congress.
In the Senate, where Democrats are in a tight reelection fight against Trump, the Democratic-controlled Senate Health, Human Services, Labor and Pension Committee will hold a hearing on the opioid crisis next week.
The hearing will examine the opioid overdose epidemic, and if necessary, seek to reform the opioid system.