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Trump Declares Public Health Emergency To Address Opioid Crisis

12 August 2017

That's the question gripping Washington after President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended the president declare the epidemic a national emergency. But last week, the commission issued a preliminary report urging the president to immediately "declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act".

At a news conference today at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said the opioid crisis is not like any other drug crisis the us has faced.

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

These comments stand in stark contrast to the interim recommendations that President Trump's own bipartisan opioid commission released last month that would prioritize a health-based response to the crisis and greater access to medication-assisted treatment and naloxone.

McMaster, the President's top national security aide, has recommended increasing the number of U.S. troops deployed to bolster American forces in the country.

More than 33,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or Nida.

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Mr. Price said this week that most such declarations are for a specific outbreak of an infectious disease, such as the threat from the Zika virus, or are limited geographically to a specific location, like Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New Jersey coast in 2012.

The opioid commission of President Donald #trump advised him that the issue should now be declared as a public emergency but he refused.

Fentanyl is an opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine that is often mixed into other drugs such as heroin.

On August 10th President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency stating his administration is drafting papers to make it official.

April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, noted county officials previously called on OH officials to declare a state emergency, which Gov. John Kasich has declined to do. The emergency declaration would allow the President's cabinet to increase federal funding and accelerate federal support for treatment and prevention initiatives nationwide. He also said the key is preventing teenagers from taking the drugs in the first place, even though many who develop an opioid addiction do so later in life and after getting a legal, legitimate prescription.

But Daniel Raymond of the Harm Reduction Coalition, an advocacy group, said Trump's words "need to be accompanied by actions". "I took over a mess and we're going to make it a lot less messy". However, despite today's decision, this is not a problem we as a country are going to be able to arrest, incarcerate, or legislate our way out of.

Trump Declares Public Health Emergency To Address Opioid Crisis