Trump moves to declare opioid crisis national emergency


"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", Trump told reporters at this Somerset County golf club.

On Thursday, however, the president himself seemed to overrule the opinion of his secretary of health and human services, telling reporters in New Jersey that paperwork was being prepared that would, indeed, declare a national state of emergency.

Deb Beck, president of the Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania, reacted joyously when informed the national emergency was declared.

President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency on the country's opioid crisis. Trump can't just wipe these problems away, but he can direct his agencies to remove the barriers under their control and work with other federal agencies and state governments to eliminate other counterproductive hurdles. "We look forward to continuing the commission's efforts and to working with this president to address the approximately 142 deaths a day from drug overdoses in the United States". According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 4,000 people in Florida died in 2015 as a result of opioid abuse.

It could also press Congress to increase funding to fight opioid overdoses.

A drug commission convened by Trump and led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently called on the president to declare a national emergency to help deal with the growing crisis.

Why Opioid is a crisis in the US? These declarations have helped expand access to naloxone, a medication that can revive people who have overdosed, according to the Network for Public Health Law. "High-level traffickers and high-level cartel drug dealers go after them with the full force of the law, but individual users, they need help, they need treatment, they need support, and if they don't get it, they'll continue to use and continue to die".

A bill passed past year, the 21st Century Cures Act, included $1 billion to help states fight the opioid crisis.

Given the rising number of deaths Trump's assured more funding to resolve the opioid crisis. "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". "Law enforcement officers throughout OH have told me that we can not arrest our way out of this problem". 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.