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WATCH: Trump, first lady speak at drug abuse summit in Atlanta

President Donald Trump said his administration is using every resource it has to fight the nation’s opioid crisis. He sid “nothing is going to stop” him from wiping it out.

He said his administration has secured $6 billion in federal dollars over two years to fight opioid abuse, but the epidemic won’t be solved overnight.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump spoke at a conference in Atlanta for elected leaders and health and law enforcement officials.

Opioid abuse claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017. The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell substantially in 2017, but it’s unclear if the opioid problem is declining.

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