Opioid crisis 'knows no bounds,' says Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price

Dave Flessner
The Chattanooga Times Free Press


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks during a press conference at CADAS on Thursday, July 6, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The opioid crisis that claims more than 50,000 American lives a year “is a scourge that knows no bounds” and will require more spending and more oversight of how drugs are prescribed and sold, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Thursday.

But after touring a Council for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services drug treatment facility in Chattanooga, Price, who is a physician, said money alone won’t solve the epidemic and prosecutors won’t be able to solve the opioid crisis simply by locking up every offender.

In a visit to Chattanooga Thursday to meet with state and local health officials and those getting drug treatment, Price said a multi-faceted approach is needed by the private, faith and government communities at all levels to reverse the rising number of opioid deaths in America.

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