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Mayor De Blasio, President Trump Both Discuss Plans To Battle Opioid Crisis

March 19, 2018 - 2:54 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray were on Staten Island Monday to discuss the city's battle against opioid abuse.

De Blasio announced a $22 million annual investment to expand "Healing NYC -- a program to combat the opioid epidemic in New York.  

The mayor said this will create peer intervention programs at more hospitals, increase naloxone distribution and training and connect more substance abusers with treatment programs. 

The mayor's announcement comes as President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were in New Hampshire to focus on ways to combat the opioid crisis.

Trump delivered a speech in Manchester about the nation's opioid drug crisis and is pushing for the death penalty for some drug dealers.

He is also pushing for his border wall to "keep the damn drugs out."

Before delivering his speech on drugs, Trump and his wife, Melania, stopped at fire department headquarters in downtown Manchester. 
 
Eight firefighters stood in front of a truck emblazoned with "Rescue 1.'' 
 
Trump told the firefighters he's getting a "big response'' in Congress for his three-part plan to end the drug epidemic. The plan focuses on education and raising awareness, law enforcement, and expanding access to proven treatment and recovery efforts. One element includes subjecting drug traffickers to the federal death penalty. 
 
This is Trump's first visit to New Hampshire since becoming president.