Secretary Tom Price, Kellyanne Conway visit Michigan highlighting drug addiction problem
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - President Donald Trump's Administration says they are committed to combating the drug addiction and opioid crisis in Michigan.
On Tuesday, two senior White House officials came to Lansing highlighting the President's work to combat the drug addiction crisis and how the President plans to help.
Kellyanne Conway and U.S. Secretary Tom Price landed in Lansing from Washington D.C., meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder to announce President Trump's strategy to assist states tackling the opioid crisis.
"The President's commitment to this is absolutely unquestionable," said Secretary Price.
In 2015, more than 50,000 people lost their lives to drug addiction and opioid overdoses, according to the CDC.
It's a number comparable to how many U.S. lives were lost in the entire Vietnam war.
"We are losing a Vietnam every single year in this nation," said Secretary Price.
Secretary Price and Mrs. Conway highlighted President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
It's purpose: make recommendations to the President to improve the federal government's response to the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. History.
Some recommendation may include designating existing federal funds to the problem, expand access to treatment and overdose reversal methods.
"When the President traveled all across the country in the last 18 months or so he heard story after story of family after family and usually tales of... heartbreak," said Conway.
Some of those tales of heartbreak come from Michiganders like Mike Hirst.
He brought his son's ashes to Lansing, showing the White House what addiction did to his 14-year-old son, Andy.
"I'll tell you right now, an addict does not have a choice. The addict has the same choice that you or I have from getting a glass of water when we are thirsty," said Hirst.
Hirst is working with Gov. Snyder, Democrats, and Republicans to pass a round of bills aimed to prevent people from getting hooked on prescription drugs.
"If we can get everyone playing on the same field at the same time for a common cause, we will defeat this," said Hirst.
You can read the executive order President Trump signed to combat drug addiction, here.
You can also see what bills lawmakers are working on in Lansing aimed to defeat the opioid crisis, here.