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Georgia now has millions more in federal funding for addressing prescription and opioid drug abuse.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities recently received a $10.3 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction and overdose, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan said Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump headline the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in Atlanta.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will discuss the opioid crisis at an Atlanta summit.

The White House announced the April 24 appearance at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit on Twitter Tuesday, saying the Trumps will speak "about their fight to end the opioid crisis in America."

Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and is spending billions of dollars to combat it. Opioid abuse claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017.

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The only pharmacist serving in Congress said the opioid epidemic needs legislation that empowers his industry.

Substance use disorder keeps men and women in their prime out of work and costs the economy billions of dollars, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) said Tuesday during the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The conference is the largest on opioid addiction and includes more than 3,000 officials, experts and advocates.