Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency as Schools Feel the Effects

Trevor Jackson
August 12, 2017

The willingness to declare a national emergency is a change from earlier in the week, when after briefing the president on the administration's response to the opioid crisis, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said declaring a public health emergency was usually reserved for "time-limited" problems such as the Zika outbreak.

Trump announced the news before a security briefing at his New Jersey golf course where he is now spending a 17-day "working vacation".

President Trump on Thursday said he will declare a national emergency due to opioid abuse, but some believe the announcement is long overdue. But last week, the commission issued a preliminary report urging the president to immediately "declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act".

"I stand with President Trump in recognizing the extreme severity of the opioid crisis in America and applaud the steps being taken to find solutions to this devastating problem". In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, majority because of opioids. "There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last 4 or 5 years".

President Donald Trump's decision to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency was met with bipartisan praise from OH politicians and officials.

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More than 140 Americans died every day from a drug overdose in 2015, according to the commission's report.

"I don't know what the answer is", Stanhope said. "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". "If they do start, it's awfully tough to get off", he said, according to a CNN report.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. "This is a national emergency and we are drawing up documents now to so attest". "Additional resources from the federal government will help hard-hit states like OH". In March, Christie said he had spoken to Trump about the opioid crisis "many times" and revealed that Trump was "very concerned about it".

Price sought to diminish the administration's resolution on Tuesday just after Trump declared that a robust law implementation reply is required and that he is devoted to fight the situation. Instead, it advised the administration to expand drug treatment under Medicaid, push for the development of painkillers that are not opioids, provide law enforcement with the overdose-reversing medication naloxone, and broaden laws that protect people who report overdoses. The opioid commission also recommended an increase in the treatment capacity for those who need help for substance abuse. "We must continue to fully fund important programs on prevention, treatment and recovery".

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