Opioid crisis is a national emergency

Trump stopped short of announcing how exactly his administration plans to tackle the problem-which, according to a preliminary report from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis, is now responsible for more fatalities than gun violence and vehicular accidents combined.

President Donald Trump told reporters at his club in New Jersey on Thursday that his administration is getting close to a decision on updated strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Just two days ago, HHS Secretary Tom Price said a national emergency wasn't necessary and wasn't the best way to combat the epidemic.

In a surprise move, President Trump said he'll declare a public health emergency to deal with the country's problem of opioid-related overdose deaths. "When I was growing up, they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs".

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

A report from the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis said almost two-thirds of overdoses are linked to opioid drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and Purdue Pharma's Oxycontin (oxycodone). However, on Thursday, August 10, President Trump indicated he will declare a national emergency and has begun the formal process of doing so.

"President Trump's bipartisan opioid commission makes clear that this crisis demands a health-based response", said Smith.

The emergency declaration could force Congress to focus on funding, and open up federal resources to state and local governments, including New Hampshire.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, also praised Trump's pledge to declare the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. 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. For instance, President Trump made repeal of the Affordable Care Act a top priority, which would threaten healthcare and access to treatment and mental health services for millions of people living with substance use disorder. But, Price added, "everything is on the table". (Money from the DRF is usually used to help states respond to natural disasters like hurricanes.) It could also result in the deployment of medical staff to underserved communities, as well as the training of providers to treat addiction with drugs such as methadone.

Vanessa Coleman

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