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Louisiana's governor in Washington for Trump's opioid speech

1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago Thursday, October 26 2017 Oct 26, 2017 October 26, 2017 9:37 PM October 26, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards traveled to Washington to attend President Donald Trump's speech on fighting the opioid epidemic.
 
Louisiana's governor joined leaders of five other states at Thursday's White House event in which Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency. Others included Govs. Bill Walker of Alaska, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Matt Bevin of Kentucky and Paul LePage of Maine.
 
Edwards praised Trump's declaration, saying it will give states more tools to combat addiction.  
Attending the event with Edwards was Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee. Edwards also met privately with the nation's acting drug czar, Richard Baum, to discuss opportunities for Louisiana to work with the White House on combatting drug abuse.
 
Louisiana averages more opioid prescriptions than it has residents.

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