The drug overdose death rate reached 19.9 cases for every 100,000 people during the late summer of 2016, compared with 16.7 cases per 100,000 the year before, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) stated in its quarterly mortality report.
Last week, the presidential opioid commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urged Trump to "declare a national emergency" and noted that "America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks".
"It's a problem the likes of which we have never seen". We're also very, very tough on the southern border where much of this comes in, and we're talking to China, where certain forms of man-made drug comes in and it is bad.
"We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy", Trump said.
The president's efforts on the opioid crisis came under criticism on Tuesday from Democrats and liberal groups.
According to a report from the commission that was released last week, 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose, drug overdoses kill more people than guns and vehicle crashes combined, and from 1999 to 2015, more than 560,000 people in the USA died from drug overdoses, which is larger than the population of Atalanta.
According to the White House, others participating in the opioid meeting include Richard Baum, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, First Lady Melania Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and senior advisers Jared Kushner and Kellyanne Conway.
While on a work vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump will give an update Tuesday about the recent opioid crisis that he was asked to declare a state of emergency last week. "The opioid epidemic we are facing is unparalleled". We are speaking to other countries, and we're getting cooperation. Hopefully better than any other country that also has these same problems. We're not letting it go by. "Everybody is threatened. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States". "During my campaign, I promised to fight this battle because as President of the United States my greatest responsibility is to protect the American people and to ensure their safety, especially in some parts of our country, it is terrible". We're going to have a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this awful situation that has happened in our country - and we will.