MANCHESTER, Ky. (CNN) – Vice President Mike Pence was at Eastern Kentucky University talking about the progress Kentucky has made in the fight against opioids.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a member of the Republican Party which Pence also belongs to, greeted the vice president before he took to the podium.
Pence announced more than $9 million in grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services to fight against opioids.
He said that Kentucky is setting the pace in the battle against abuse and addiction.
“Last year, overdose deaths decreased by nearly 5% nationwide. It’s a start toward recovery, and in the region of crisis, Manchester is a city of hope. Overdose deaths in Kentucky have been reduced by nearly 15%,” the vice president said.
Pence also address the weekend’s mass shootings, saying Kentucky is no stranger to heartbreak.
He promised that the government will defend families, schools, and the nation against evil.
(This story was originally published on August 8, 2019)