The opioid crisis is now a national emergency, Trump says

Kristopher Drake
August 12, 2017

President Donald Trump plans to declare the ongoing opioid crisis a national emergency in the us, making the announcement at his Bedminster Golf Course in New Jersey Thursday.

President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on the country's opioid crisis. After a meeting on the opioid issue, Trump presented the crisis as a law enforcement issue, but health experts say diversion programs are more likely to help a person who misuses opioids, and concerns about law enforcement involvement can keep people from seeking care in an emergency.

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

The announcement comes 10 days after a report from a White House commission urged a declaration among a list of recommended responses to the deadly addiction epidemic.

A recent report from the Christie-led commission equated the 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses to the death toll of "September 11th every three weeks".

Two drugmakers - Mylan NV and Mallickrodt Plc - said this week they were subpoenaed last month by the Justice Department over the sale, marketing and manufacture of the pain drugs.

McMaster, the President's top national security aide, has recommended increasing the number of United States troops deployed to bolster American forces in the country. From the year 2000 to 2015, 500,000 people died due to drug overdoses and opioid use is the main reason.

"Typically, humans don't get motivated until there's actually a problem", Reingold said.

Declaring a national emergency could have a few different effects on the opioid crisis: it could free up federal money from the Disaster Relief Fund for states and cities to treat addiction and overdoses, for instance. Price also said that if a state of emergency is officially announced, it allows the government to quickly lift restrictions or waive rules so that local government units in the country do not have to wait for them to make their own decisions and actions regarding the matter.

He said the Drug Enforcement Administration might be able to use the emergency to require prescriber education for doctors and others who dispense opioids.

"Additional resources from the federal government will help hard-hit states like OH", said DeWine.

There was speculation Trump would declare the emergency after a briefing on the national opioid epidemic Tuesday. The president was responding to a reporter's question as to why he hadn't yet declared a national emergency.

It's not exactly clear what making the declaration will mean for federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

That law has restricted treatment providers' ability to meet the demand for substance-abuse treatment.

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