Biden: I’m ‘very, very excited’ about Trump’s speech on opioid crisis
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Biden is still not ready to say whether he’ll sign the president’s order to ease restrictions on opioids.
But he’s clearly encouraged by the president, who said Tuesday he’d like to make good on a campaign promise to end the opioid epidemic.
In a White House briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest said Biden “will work with him” on the issue.
“The president believes that the opioid crisis needs to be addressed,” Earnest added.
“And I think that he is very, very enthusiastic about the president making good on his campaign promise.
I think he is looking forward to getting to work with the president on the opioid issue.”
The opioid crisis is a top priority for the Biden administration, with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price urging Congress to act in September to curb abuse of prescription opioids.
Biden told reporters Tuesday that the president has been clear that he believes opioids are a public health crisis, and he’s also “not in the habit of using the phrase ‘tough on drugs.'”
He said that while he respects the president for his leadership on this issue, “I think it’s time for a serious conversation about what we can do to make sure that we have more access to pain-free prescription drugs and that we don’t have more people dying from prescription drug overdoses.”
Biden said Tuesday that he’s “not sure we’re there yet” with the administration’s strategy to end opioid abuse, but he was hopeful that his administration can act in the coming months.
“I think we’re not there yet, but I do believe we can make progress on this,” Biden said.
“The president has indicated that he wants to make some progress, and I hope we will.
I believe we will.”
Biden is still not ready to say whether he’ll sign the president’s order to ease restrictions on opioids.But he’s clearly…