In a proclamation issued Oct. 1, President Donald Trump declared October 2020 National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and pledged to continue his administration’s work to break “the grip of alcohol and drug addiction.”
Trump reiterated that his administration declared opioid misuse a public health emergency and initiated a whole-of-government approach to ending the opioid crisis.
“To bolster this effort, I signed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, a law that reduces access to opioids while expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services,” the proclamation said. “The SUPPORT Act is the single largest commitment to combatting the drug crisis in our Nation’s history, and it is making a difference.”
Additionally, the proclamation said they were moving to address substance abuse more broadly by strengthening the Drug-Free Communities program and creating the Rural Community Toolbox – an online resource that connects rural leaders with funding, data, and information to help combat drug addiction in rural America. Addressing substance abuse is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, the proclamation said.
“As our Nation continues its unprecedented fight against the coronavirus pandemic, we are acutely aware of how isolation affects mental health and can encourage the misuse of legal and illegal substances. Through collaborative, community-based efforts, we are strengthening the support systems that deter our Nation’s young people from drug use and improve overall mental health and wellness,” the President’s office wrote.