Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan announced Thursday that President Donald Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to a public awareness campaign on the dangers of opioid addiction.
“At HHS, our goal is to create healthier lives, stronger communities and a safer country, and we're glad to have a president who recognizes that the opioid crisis is a huge threat to all three of these goals,” Hargan said.
Trump last month declared a public health emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, calling it the “worst drug crisis in American history.”
“As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue,” Trump said. “It is time to liberate our communities from the scourge of drug addiction. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it.”
A public health emergency is one step below a national state of emergency in which states have access to the federal Disaster Relief Fund. The administration has not yet declared how much money it will ask from Congress.
Trump in July donated his first-quarter salary — $78,333 — toward the restoration of a historical battlefield. His second-quarter salary — $100,000 — went to the U.S. Department of Education to help fund a camp teaching students about science, technology, engineering and math.
Watch Hargan's announcement below.