Trump to Declare National Health Emergency on Opioid Addiction

12 August, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • President Donald Trump is making his first trip back to Trump Tower since his inauguration

Days after sending mixed signals on his response to the nation's opioid crisis, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he plans to declare a national emergency to better address the epidemic.

Trump announced the news before a security briefing at his New Jersey golf course where he is now spending a 17-day "working vacation". "We are going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", Trump said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price this week said Mr. Trump had the tools he needed to fight the problem without one, though the president undercut that message in his brief comments to reporters.

Madras also said that both Price and Trump are serious about lessen the problem and believe that timely execution of sound and effective strategies. "The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and vehicle crashes combined".

Every year, for the last four years, 30 people in the county have died from an opioid overdose.

An initial report from the commission noted the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is "equal to September 11th every three weeks".

"I don't know what do say", Beck said.

McMaster, the President's top national security aide, has recommended increasing the number of USA troops deployed to bolster American forces in the country. From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died due to drug overdose. In March, Christie said he had spoken to Trump about the opioid crisis "many times" and revealed that Trump was "very concerned about it".

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Commissions, in ME and other states, cities like Bangor and nationally have come up with "wonderful ideas", Dr. Mark Publicker, an addiction specialist in Portland, told the BDN.

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

Expand use of Naloxone: "We have to arm our first-responders, Police and EMS (emergency medical services) and fire (fighters), with this drug called Naloxone", he said.

"This is a good step to provide potentially life-saving relief to the millions of Americans suffering from this crisis", Kaptur said.

Since last November, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Arizona have all declared the opioid crisis a state of emergency, while Alaska has issued a disaster declaration.

Schools in areas affected by heavy opioid use have seen its impacts on their students, some of whom have been taken into foster care as a result of their parents' addictions, Education Week reported earlier this year.

That law has restricted treatment providers' ability to meet the demand for substance-abuse treatment.


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