Trump implores world leaders at United Nations to confront 'scourge' of drug addiction



NEW YORK – President Donald Trump called on world leaders Monday to deal with "the scourge of drug addiction" in his first address to this week's meeting of the United Nations

"If we take these steps together we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world," Trump said during brief remarks to representatives from 130 countries. "All of us must work together to dismantle drug production and defeat drug addiction."

Trump did not discuss specific actions he wanted other countries to take. The U.S. is dealing with an opioid crisis that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says claimed a staggering 72,000 lives last year.

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