White House Recommits to Fighting Drug Overdoses at Summit

The opioid crisis changed dramatically due to fentanyl and other synthetic drugs.

The White House held a joint summit with officials from Mexico and Canada this week, pledging anew to address the evolving issue of opioid overdoses in America.

“Today’s summit is needed because the global and regional drug environment has changed dramatically from just even a few years ago,” said White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta. “Synthetic drugs have truly become a global threat.”

The rise of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids has caused death by drug overdose to continue increasing. More than 109,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2022, and about two-thirds of those deaths were due to the use of synthetic drugs. 

The White House continues to emphasize thorough collaboration within the federal government as well as between the United States and its allies to address this issue. “We’re here to… look at how our collective response can be improved and the role data collection has on saving lives,” Director Gupta said.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Gupta as he seeks cooperation with other nations to address the overdose issue.
  • For White House officials as they promote policies to prevent overdose due to synthetic drugs.
  • For the president and his administration to implement effective programs to protect Americans from fentanyl and other fatal drugs.

Sources: Reuters, Politico


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