- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2018

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Friday that housing is the best way to help recovering opioid addicts stay on the path to recovery.

“We know that housing is health. The number one predictor for recovery is having stable and supportive housing,” Dr. Adams said on Fox News.

He said President Trump is committed to tackling the opioid epidemic and asked Mr. Adams to focus on the health aspects of the issue. Dr. Adams said he’s working to show people how to help those physically suffering from an overdose before emergency medical help arrives.

The surgeon general said saving lives is the top priority for the Trump administration and showed how naloxone, which can be sprayed in the nose or injected, can help reverse an overdose and keep the person alive.

“We’ve got to make sure we can save lives,” Dr. Adams said.

The president held a two-hour summit Thursday on the opioid epidemic ranging from health and treatment to enforcement of drug laws. The meeting made headlines when Mr. Trump seemed to suggest allowing the death penalty for drug dealers. More specific policies on the issue are expected to come in the following weeks. 

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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