Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director James Carroll released the following statement regarding the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which found decreases in prescription opioid use among teenagers over the past year.
“It’s critical we reach young Americans at an early age to educate them about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and these results are an encouraging sign of real progress. That is why we have launched public awareness campaigns and are working with private sector partners to educate young adults about the dangers of addictive opioids. However, there is still a lot of work to do to address the abuse of both prescription opioids and illegal drugs in our communities. To meet these challenges, we will continue to invest in education efforts for our youth and work closely with healthcare providers to implement safe prescribing practices,” ONDCP Deputy Director James Carroll said.
MTF found that use of prescription narcotics among 12th graders decreased from 4.2% in 2017 to 3.4% in 2018, and is down from the peak years in lifetime, annual, and current use. Past year use of specific prescription narcotics such as OxyContin and Vicodin also decreased among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, compared with levels five years ago.
Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, will become the acting White House chief of staff replacing John Kelly, President Donald Trump announced.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued the following statement: “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.”
While the FBI will examine the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, the bureau has not been permitted to investigate the claims of Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, those people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. A White House official confirmed that Swetnick’s claims will not be pursued as part of the reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh.
Oval Office September 11, 2018 – President Trump gives URGENT speech on Hurricane Florence with flashback to Puerto Rico.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We stood outside the Kremlin Annex tonight with a blue wave falling on us and it felt great,” protest organizer Adam Parkhomenko, a former Hillary Clinton campaign adviser, said.