In his continued effort to both make a dent in the opioid crisis killing thousands of Americans every year, as well as his determination to take as little salary as possible for being president, President Donald J. Trump has donated his third-quarter salary to the cause.
The president gave the $100,000 he would have been paid during the third quarter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, which oversees a number of the Department of Health and Human Services’ programs, the White House said, according to the Associated Press.
The funds are being earmarked “to continue the ongoing fight against the opioid crisis,” the White House said.
Yes, $100,000 is a drop in the bucket for what is needed when it comes to fighting the scourge that is the opioid crisis, but in this fight, every little bit counts.
More than 49,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2017, according to provisional numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.