President Trump: Opioid crisis is a national emergency

President Trump says he is preparing to declare a national emergency on the opioid crisis.

Christie cautioned, however, that he was unsure of the final wording of Trump's emergency declaration, telling Hurley, "I've got to see the legal papers to it".

Trump, who is spending August at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey, convened members of his cabinet there earlier this week to discuss the recommendations of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency". "There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years". "I commend President Trump for taking this matter so seriously and look forward to working with him and my congressional colleagues to address this critical public health and safety issue". He's not going to go around threatening Guam, and he's not going to threaten the United States, and he's not going to threaten Japan, and he's not going to threaten South Korea. He said that right now we need to focus is that Opioid crises can be solved without a declaration of an emergency.

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"President Trump's bipartisan opioid commission makes clear that this crisis demands a health-based response", said Smith. It also comes the same week Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters that the White House was not ready to make such a declaration.

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.

"The recent report by the Commission on Drug Addiction and Opioid Abuse was further evidence of the severity of this epidemic".

American opioid addicts have told ITV news how they slid into drugs abouse - with many initially getting hooked on legally-prescribed painkillers.

Latvala said he would work to push more state money into the gap left by lawmakers this year.

The report also found that 40 percent of people with a substance abuse issue also suffered from mental health problems and less than half received treatment for either issue, and often it was lack of access to care, fear or shame and discrimination and lack of motivation.

Mr Price said additional funding and support could be made available without making a formal declaration, but added that all options were "on the table".

Vanessa Coleman