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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Donald and Melania Trump are in Atlanta Wednesday to discuss the nation’s opioid crisis.

The President and First Lady will attend the 8th Annual Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit at 1:00 p.m.

The summit will be held in Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown.

The opioid crisis is responsible for thousands of deaths throughout the state of Georgia and nationwide.

President Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency back in October of 2017. His administration led their own 'take back day" where they say 456 tons of expired or unneeded prescription drugs were collected.

The Department of Justice even indicted fentanyl manufacturers. A joint criminal opioid darknet enforcement team was created to stop the online sales of drugs.

As for its effects in the state of Georgia, the state ranks 11th nationally in terms of opioid deaths. In 2015, more than 500 people died from an overdose.

The costs of opioid related care has also skyrocketed, costing at least $15 billion in Georgia alone.

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