President Donald Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

President Donald Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

President Donald Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

"It is a national emergency and the president has confirmed that through his words and actions today, and he deserves great credit for doing so", Christie said in a statement released by his spokesman. The companies didn't provide further details, and didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday night.

"It has to be both law enforcement and health, we have to do more of everything because of the crisis that we're in", said Baum, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in a wide-ranging interview this week in his office. The Food and Drug Administration has announced steps to limit misuse of prescription opioids. It added that 27 million people reported in 2015 they now used illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs, but only 21 million receive any type of treatment. Fentanyl is an opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine that is often mixed into other drugs such as heroin.

He said he'd be drawing up documents to formalize the declaration soon.

"I don't know what the answer is", Stanhope said.

Trump's remarks came after his commission on combatting drug abuse issued an "urgent" recommendation last week that he issue an emergency declaration.

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Several states also have sued drugmakers that manufacture opioids, blaming them for the rise in addiction and seeking to recover damages. We need a national focus on this epidemic.

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

Police chiefs have admitted they are struggling to cope and are at a loss to deal with the root causes of the crisis.

On Tuesday, Trump received an extended briefing on the subject in Bedminster.

"We need to draw a distinction between people who are basically engaged in drug use, drug possession, and people who are traffickers and significant dealers and violent criminals", Baum said.

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He, however, cautioned that efforts to combat and prevent opioid addiction could suffer if Republicans continue to target Medicaid, a health care program which covers millions of Americans with substance use disorders.

Usually national emergencies are declared for short-term crises such as the Zika virus outbreak or a natural disaster.

"Every community is hurting".

"There needs to be more research". In any case, assuming he follows through, a declaration could help speed funding and cut red tape for what will hopefully be a holistic and forward-thinking response.

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