The White House has indicated it would favor new rules to provide prisoners with more opportunities once they are no longer incarcerated, but has declined to back changes that would reduce mandatory minimums for drug offenders.
Trump has said the issue is a top priority for his administration, but critics say the effort falls short - something the first lady seemed to acknowledge when she said: "We all know there is still much work to be done".
Trump would be well-advised to focus on the public health component of the opioid crisis.
In recent weeks there has been some movement, with a congressional budget agreement pledging to add several billion dollars to combat the crisis and the Department of Justice announcing it would work with states that are suing drug manufacturers. Trump's first nominee was forced to withdraw.
Other administration officials were expected to attend as well as about 200 advocates and others directly connected to the opioid crisis.
"It's a problem that's growing", the president also said while speaking to those at the summit Thursday.
Senate elections: PML-N-backed candidates win 11 seats from Punjab
They are not all elected at the same time - half are elected in one election, and the other half three years later. Beside him, Faisal Sakhi Butt hailing from Islamabad is also the PPP candidate for Senate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty", the president said.
At a White House meeting that was called to discuss the #Opioid abuse epidemic that is spreading across America, Trump said that the dealers of opioids are "killing hundreds and hundreds of people" and, as he sees it, they're not being duly punished. "And we're going to continue pushing forward on that front as well".
The president ignored shouted questions as to whether he has confidence in his attorney general.
According to Wikipedia more than 14,000 people have been killed since Duterte declared a war on drugs and ordered the police and military to kill drug dealers without due process.
"Hopefully we can do some litigation against the opioid companies", President Trump said.
Ross recommended the tariffs, as Breitbart News reported, to Trump - noting that the goal is to increase domestic steel production to 80 percent from its current rate of 73 percent, while also increasing the American production of aluminum to 80 percent from its current rate of only 48 percent.