US president Donald Trump declares opioid epidemic a national emergency

US president Donald Trump declares opioid epidemic a national emergency

US president Donald Trump declares opioid epidemic a national emergency

Speaking to reporters at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the president backpedaled on his decision earlier in the week not to declare an emergency.

The commission's final report is due out in October. "We must act boldly to stop it".

It was not immediately clear what had changed since Tuesday, when Price said the president had no immediate plans for an emergency declaration.

"It's a national emergency", Trump said. It's a national emergency. There are recommendations that have been offered by the opioid commission to go ahead and declare that there is some kind of emergency, but President Trump isn't taking any action about what they say.

He added, "We're going to draw it up and we're going to make it a national emergency".

President Donald Trump pledged a tougher law enforcement response to an epidemic of opioid addiction, and top officials in his administration said they wanted to increase the availability of an anti-overdose treatment in response to the crisis. "There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years", the president said.

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Drug addiction is a widespread and growing problem, with an estimated 2.6 million opioid addicts in the United States. This is happening worldwide.

OH leads the nation in opioid deaths.

DeWine in May filed a lawsuit against five of the biggest drug makers, accusing them of flooding OH with prescription painkillers and creating "a population of patients physically and psychologically dependent on them".

Ohio Democrats joined Republicans in praising Trump's announcement.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said "the question will be: Will that money be used to increase hospital bed availability, medically assisted therapy for the millions of people now addicted and widely available naloxone to prevent overdose deaths?".

"If it opens up more treatment beds, it's a good idea".

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"I think thanks to some of the reporting that has been done that we've seen in the last couple of weeks, there's a little bit more awareness of where we ended up in the budget in the drug abuse and mental health area", Latvala said.

President Trump has made comments that there needs to be a stronger police presence in states and in cities where drug use is higher.

Utterly nonsensical current law blocks additional funding to facilities with more than 16 patients.

Making "America great again" won't bring much comfort to the communities that are losing their children to drug overdoses.

Federal, state and local policymakers have been trying to catch up with the opioids epidemic, which affects all ages and races in every corner of the U.S. "I don't know how to tell you how delighted I am. It's a national emergency", Trump said on Thursday. But a number of states say similar declarations have helped. "Declare a national emergency".

According to Barnett's study, some doctors prescribed opioids 24% of the time, more than three times as often as those doctors on the lowest scale. More federal help is welcome.

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