Trump says opioid crisis is 'national emergency'

Trump says opioid crisis is 'national emergency'

Trump says opioid crisis is 'national emergency'

The president's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis had recommended in an interim report released July 31 that the president immediately declare a national emergency, citing an overdose death rate of 142 a day.

"We believe that at this point that the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis at this point can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency", Price said Tuesday, following the meeting.

Trump made the announcement during an appearance outside his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, where he is staying while the White House undergoes renovations.

Trump told reporters the drug crisis afflicting the USA is a "serious problem the likes of which we have never had" and said he's drawing up documents "to so attest".

The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis was established in March and just last week issueda preliminary report and urged the president to declare a national emergency, according to the Washington Post.

And of course, Trump didn't pass up the opportunity to try to discredit the Justice Department investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Three days into his first extended getaway as president, Donald Trump wanted to tell everyone he's not really vacation - and if we're counting tweets, POTUS has certainly been keeping busy. But major initiatives to expand treatment options, promote more research, and boost funding would still require congressional action or initiatives from federal agencies.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur D-Ohio, called the president's remarks "a good step", adding, "I will remind the President's team as they move forward, that Medicaid provides the bulk of addiction treatment and is a key partner in providing much-needed care to those in need". The current drug crisis began in part as doctors sought to tackle another major medical problem: 100 million USA adults suffer from chronic pain. The commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, did not call for the hiring of more police officers or the construction of a border wall to reduce the flow of illegal drugs through Mexico. "But this is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest".

"There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years", continued Trump Thursday.

The designation will allow the administration to remove some barriers and waive some federal rules enabling states and localities to have more flexibility to respond.

Therein lies the problem: We don't need another commission to know what to do to ease the opioid crisis. "The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and auto crashes combined".

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