Fighting for drug-free communities
Families across the country are affected by the dangers of substance abuse and dependency. President Donald J. Trump's was no different.
“I had a brother who had a really big alcohol problem,” the President said from the White House this afternoon. “A very tough thing for our family.” Now, a new crisis of addiction is leaving its mark on America: “Sadly, in 2017, an estimated 134 Americans die each day from opioid-related overdoses.”
So today, in honor of the 20-year anniversary of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant awards, President Trump announced $91 million in grants to a record 731 local drug prevention groups across all 50 states. “We’ve never done anything to this extent. We’ve never done anything this large.”
The program works, the evidence shows. “The Drug-Free Communities Program is a proven success, cutting alcohol and prescription drug abuse by an average of nearly 20 percent among high-school students and participating communities,” President Trump said. “Incredible what they’ve been able to do.”
We knew growth was strong. It just got stronger.
Turns out, the news is even better. With more complete data now available, a new Commerce Department report released today reveals that America’s economy grew even faster than initially estimated in the second quarter: a 4.2 percent annualized rate.
The second quarter was the first full quarter with President Trump’s tax cuts in effect. More money in the pockets of America’s working families—along with historic regulatory reform and new, America-first trade deals—has the U.S. economy setting records by the day.
The big picture: 85 percent of blue-collar workers optimistic about future
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Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
President Donald J. Trump awards historic number of Drug-Free Community grants | August 29, 2018