ATLANTA (WYMT) - Ending the third day of the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, delivered a speech to the thousands who attended the summit.
Clinton mentioned how he has seen the epidemic first hand, from friends to his own family.
"It should be to take this thing by the throat and squeeze it until it's gone," said Clinton
He mentioned in his speech that although there have been victories in the battle against opioids, there is still a lot to be done as new drugs like Fentanyl hit the streets.
"60,000 people are dying so we must not be too good here, on the other hand, a lot of you deserve medals for all the lives you have saved and all the ones you will," said Clinton.
Clinton said he has seen how the local level is stepping up in many areas across the country to fight the epidemic and wants to see that grow on the national level.
"Get everybody together and figure out how to maximize the results including and fighting this problem with the resources available"
He said even when the fight feels like an uphill battle, to keep fighting.
"We need to keep working together because the roots of this are deep in our soul, you know it and I know it," said Clinton.
You can watch the entire speech below.