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Opioid summit held at the White House to combat national crisis

The White House is focused on ending the nation's opioid crisis as millions of Americans are dependent on prescription or street drugs.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 7:38 AM
Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) -- The White House hosted an opioids summit this week to discuss what the administration is doing to fight the deadly epidemic.

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Several senior officials, as well as First Lady Melania Trump, underscored the importance of this effort. This update follows the president's directive last October to find a broad solution to the crisis.

The areas the White House is focusing on include education and prevention, law enforcement, and treatment. Experts said more than 2 million Americans are dependent on prescription or street drugs.

In 2016, alone more than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses and 236 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed in 2016.

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