Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price on Tuesday will address America’s opioid crisis during a press conference from Bedminster, New Jersey that afternoon.
President Trump teased the conference earlier Tuesday on Twitter, one day after marking the 200th day of his presidency in Bedminster.
I will be holding a major briefing on the Opioid crisis, a major problem for our country, today at 3:00 P.M. in Bedminster, N.J.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2017
Trump also tweeted out a Fox News video about a new study revealing that overdose deaths in the U.S. have been under reported for years.
The University of Virginia study published Monday found that the number of deaths from opioid overdoses was 24 percent higher than previously reported from 2008 to 2014.
The analysis also concluded that the number of heroin overdoses was 22 percent steeper than previously reported during the same period.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-) leads the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
The commission urged Trump in a report last month to declare a federal state of emergency over the opioid issue.
Opioid deaths have sharply risen for years in dozens of states, making the issue an increasingly major public health concern.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously reported that 33,000 people died for opioid-related reasons in 2015.