By KEVIN BONN, Associated Press AERIAL BATTLE IN WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump has declared victory in the war against opioids.
He has said that the drugs have killed 2 million Americans and helped fuel a $1 trillion drug addiction crisis.
Trump, in a tweet on Sunday, said his administration had cut the cost of opioid prescriptions from $6,000 per patient to $1,500.
But his administration has not explained why.
Trump and his aides said that was to ensure more Americans could get treatment, but that’s not necessarily the same thing.
Trump’s tweet was a victory for many people, but it also was a slap in the face to millions of Americans who were hit with costly health care bills, lost their jobs, suffered from high blood pressure and other conditions.
The White House said that Trump will continue to focus on the issue.
“We will continue aggressively fighting this crisis with all the resources at our disposal,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
In a separate tweet, Trump said he had made a historic decision in declaring the war over.
“I am very proud to say that I am the first President to do so,” Trump wrote.
Trump has also said that he has been successful in reducing the number of Americans dying from opioid overdoses.
In addition to the cost savings, Trump has said the opioid epidemic is a public health threat that should be addressed.
And the White House has said it has found solutions to address the issue, including providing more money to states to help them curb overdoses.
Trump tweeted his victory as thousands of supporters in the Capitol cheered.
Thousands of people are expected to gather outside the White house in the hours leading up to the swearing-in of Trump’s successor, Vice President Mike Pence, as well as in other cities.
The inauguration will take place on Friday and Saturday in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Trump’s inauguration will likely feature high-profile speeches and photos from past presidents.
But he may also make a late foray into policy.
He had initially planned to announce plans to roll back a rule that requires states to use a federal drug abuse agency to oversee their own Medicaid programs, but those plans were scrapped amid criticism of the plan from governors.
Trump is also expected to announce new rules for the opioid crisis that will require more testing and treatment for the addicted.
He also may order the government to provide money to help states deal with the crisis.
On Friday, Trump and Pence are expected at the Capitol to discuss the opioid issue.
In the speech that will follow, Pence will be joined by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and health and human services secretary Tom Price.
Pence will also have a chance to sign executive orders, including one that calls for a ban on opioid sales in the United States.
Pence is expected to use the speech to highlight his administration’s efforts to fight the epidemic and to highlight the work of opioid addiction recovery programs.
He said in the speech the opioid deaths in the U.S. are a national disgrace.
Pence, the son of Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence who is also the vice president-elect, will be sworn in at noon (5 p.m.
ET) on Friday at the White Capitol.
The swearing- in ceremony will be televised live on ABC News, CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox and NBC’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”