Calling upon the people of the United States to elevate awareness of the issue through appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, President Trump has declared September 2017 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

According to the President’s official proclamation, more than 20 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Trump said his administration is taking “a proactive approach to support state and local communities as they work on the front lines to prevent substance use and addiction and to promote recovery.”

The White House has dedicated more than $500 million to addiction prevention programs since Trump took office in January, expanding access to treatment, and funding recovery support services across the U.S., the president said in the announcement.

Trump also announced his administration is requesting $2.6 billion in its 2018 budget proposal for “border security and infrastructure that will improve our ability to protect Americans and the homeland from the dangers of drug trafficking.”

Earlier this year, the Trump administration established the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Official White House Proclamation