Remarks by President Trump in Listening Session on Opioids and Drug Abuse During my campaign, I promised to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country. And I want to just thank Secretary Kelly; he's done an amazing job. Down 61 percent at the border.......
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THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Thank you for being here with us this morning. During my campaign, I promised to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country. And I want to just thank Secretary Kelly; he's done an amazing job. Down 61 percent at the border right now in terms of people and the drugs that are being stopped. It will take longer, and there's great cooperation with Mexico and others. But we're doing a good job.
And we want to help those who have become so badly addicted. Drug abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in our country. And opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999. This is a total epidemic, and I think it's probably almost untalked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing.
Today, we're bringing together leaders from inside our government and outside of our government, and courageous people who have been affected -- and really affected -- by this terrible affliction. In a joint campaign, we want to battle drug addiction and combat opioid, and we have to do it -- a crisis.
We're fortunate to have Governor Chris Christie with us, a friend of mine -- a great friend of mine -- a very, very early endorser -- in fact, an immediate endorser -- once he got out of the race. (Laughter.) He liked himself more than he liked me. (Laughter.) But other than that --
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: I still do, sir, but that's all right. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: Other than that, he's been great. And he's a very effective guy, I will tell you -- to have you working on this -- and a great moment, actually, if people remember, was you talking about your friend. That was probably your greatest moment during the campaign for President, and it showed how much you knew about this issue. So, thank you very much, Chris.
We'll work directly with representatives from state and local governments, law enforcement, medical professionals, and victims. I especially want to thank Pam Garozzo -- where's Pam? Hi, Pam. How are you? -- for being here. Pam sadly lost her son, beautiful boy, to drug addiction. And, Pam, we mourn your terrible loss, and we honor your strength and the fact that you're here. And he will not have died in vain, okay? We'll make sure -- he will not have died in vain. So thank you, Pam. We appreciate it.
We're also thankful to welcome AJ Solomon and Vanessa Vitolo, both of whom have fought addiction and are now symbols of hope and recovery, right? Good job.
We must get our citizens to help, and we need help. Everybody has to help. And we will not have to go through what Pam has gone through and so many other families in this country have gone through. We