Trump To Declare Opioid Crisis National Emergency

Pauline Gross
August 11, 2017

Groups advocating for a public health-centered approach to the epidemic are anxious about what powers an emergency declaration would grant an administration with a fondness for "tough on crime" law enforcement tactics.

Trump's drug commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, recently called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid crisis. But by Thursday, Trump seemed to have warmed to Christie's idea to declare a national emergency.

President Trump is declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. We're so regimented and restricted by what we can spend money on.

Instead, Trump, who met with administration officials about the crisis on Tuesday, said the best way to avoid the problem would be for people to never abuse drugs.

"Our citizens are dying".

"After 200 days into the Trump administration, we have yet to see a clear and consistent strategy emerge", Raymond said.

You can read the commission's recommendations here. "Declare a national emergency".

The declaration could help the government negotiate lower prices for naloxone, the overdose reversal medication, but many experts and advocates have said that it would likely be more of a symbolic step and public education tool.

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"As I have said before, I am completely confident that the President will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country", he said.

In 2015, the USA faced 52,000 overdose deaths, with 33,000 of those roughly related specifically to opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We need a national focus on this epidemic.

During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly spoke about opioid addiction and its impact in the United States - particularly in rural, lower-income and working-class areas.

"You know when I was growing up they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs", Trump said.

The comments came amid Trump's meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The commission requested the president "rapidly increase treatment capacity" by granting waivers to states to get around a law that prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from going to mental health facilities with more than 16 beds.

Portman and other lawmakers, including Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. "We must continue to fully fund important programs on prevention, treatment and recovery". "We've been asking the state of OH to do this for awhile, numerous governors throughout the United States have declared emergencies, so this is a good first step". But new federal data covering the first nine months of 2016 showed that the death toll jumped significantly since 2015 and could reach 60,000 once the numbers are all in for that year. It was that type of global initiative that helped curb the spread of bird flu.

"Physicians are just doing things all over the map", says Dr. Michael Barnett, an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and one of the study's authors.

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