Research from the University of Virginia presents substantial evidence that opioid overdose statistics are gravely inaccurate. The study indicates that this epidemic is destroying the fabric of the United States. Christopher J. Ruhm, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, conducted a survey of thousands of death certificates from 2008 through 2014. His research led him to conclude that mortality rates were 24 percent higher for opioid users and 22 percent higher for illicit heroin users than had been previously reported. Professor Ruhm points out on his website that the only way to create effective public policy decisions is to have accurate statistics.

Trump holds a press conference

Meanwhile, on Tuesday President Trump held a press conference to express his concerns. He also spoke about his intention to keep his campaign promise and fight destructive opioid addiction head-on. He went on to suggest that perhaps educators ought to start with children. Trump, said, “If they do start, it’s awfully tough to get off. So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: ‘No good, really bad for you in every way.’ But if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.”

Nonetheless, average Americans appear apprehensive. Indicated by their overwhelming reaction to First Lady Melania Trump's Tweets a few hours before the President's news conference. The First Lady, perhaps in an attempt to support her husband, Tweeted.

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"Opioids are destroying our youth/people. Mtg w @Potus & @SecPriceMD today to give my support to #STOPDRUGADDICTION".

Her Tweet caused an immediate reaction from Twitter users. Pointing out that Trump's latest health care initiative will curtail much-needed help for those who are suffering from the vice-grip of opioid addiction. So far it looks as if Trump is giving the impression of fighting tough without creating measurable and doable initiatives that will help those who are suffering. Accordingly, it is difficult to know what clear and decisive actions this current administration will take to solve the opioid crisis.

White House responds

A spokesperson for the White House informed viewers that Tuesday's news conference was merely an update and not necessarily meant to provide specific details. In the press conference, there was no mention of Trump's campaign promise to build a wall on the United States' southern border with Mexico. A wall candidate Trump insisted was a priority and would help solve the crisis by stopping the flow of illicit heroin into the United States.