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Friday, February 16, 2018

Alex Azar says HHS will be 'laser focused' on mental health following shooting

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar vowed that his agency would be "laser focused" on addressing untreated serious mental illness in response to a mass shooting this week in which a former student killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

"The Department of Health and Human Services will be laser focused on this issue in the days, weeks and months to come," Azar said. "And it has already been a priority under this administration."

Officials in Parkland, Fla., haven't announced if they have determined the cause behind the mass shooting by the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, who entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High with an AR-15 Wednesday. Cruz was captured by the authorities and has admitted to the killings.

In remarks delivered earlier in the day, President Trump addressed the shooting through the lens of mental health as well. He did not call for restrictions on gun access or call for medical research on gun violence, as some medical groups have urged.



Anonymous said...

"laser focused"? Wasn't this an ill used favorite of Obama that NEVER delivered. Why is it different now?

Anonymous said...

Good to no but we need more Deputy's in schools. Separate security at all doors. Cc are allowed on schools grounds and to let mainstream media no. Schools can no longer be gun free zones considering most mass shootings happen on school grounds. This needs to be immediate. Everything else is a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

Sick of hearing about this pillow biting wimp. He like a lot of other people in government positions side with whichever way the wind blows. I hear now he's going after the big pharmacy for the poison their feeding people being treated for depression? While working for big pharma he couldn't push enough of the poison out in either the mental health drugs or opiod drugs. His action or opinions should carry no weight hes a crooked as the rest just trying to pad his and his buddies accounts. I wonder which secret rich whiteboy society he belongs to after going to Yale university, hence former Bush presidencies.