Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

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"Building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic", the release said Thursday. What we do need is a leader who makes stopping the opioid crisis a priority with a commitment to federal support of what works: Medication-assisted treatment, federal and state reimbursement rates that aren't so low that they dissuade medical providers from offering this treatment, the elimination of time limits that often cut short needed treatment and an expansion, not contraction, of Medicaid to enable more Americans to access treatment.

"I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency", Trump said Thursday from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club.

"It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had", Trump explained.

George's son Zach Ziehm died from an overdose last year, after three years and four months of sobriety. The Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, said that the president assured, however, that the opioid crisis in the country will be treated as an emergency.

While not giving specifics, declaring a national emergency will allow for federal funds to be allocated to the problem.

Declaring a public health emergency would make the opioid crisis a top priority for the federal government.

Overdoses in Florida have reached near-epidemic proportions.

The number of deaths occurring due to the overdose of Opioid has risen sharply and has quadrupled says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who represents a district spanning from Toledo to Cleveland's west side, added that Trump could also assure ongoing treatment for addicts by ending his threats to end or weaken the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.




Although heroin has been around for a long time, the current opioid crisis has its origin in the 1990s, when the pharmaceutical industry marketed new formulations of prescription opioids.

The report noted that drug addictions take lives of more people than gun homicides and vehicle accidents combined.

Opioid abuse. It's a crisis. This week, Senate Appropriations chair Jack Latvala held a roundtable discussion in Palm Beach County to address the crisis. "It could be very helpful, much more than just symbolic", he said.

Listeners of New Jersey 101.5's "Ask the Governor" know that Christie has been talking for year about drug addiction and changing the way the state's courts handle drug abuse.

State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, will be holding a roundtable discussion with Rep.

He told reporters that the current swathe of addictions was on a scale never seen before in the United States, adding that he would shortly prepare documents to formalise the declaration of a national emergency over the issue. But, he said, "the reality is that they have spent this entire year trying to cut spending on the opioid epidemic" via drastic cuts to Medicaid contained within the various GOP-supported Obamacare repeal bills that almost became law. It is not clear what the president's declaration will signify for a complex, long-term public health problem.

"We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan", Trump tweeted in 2013. Both senators have called for more steady access to naloxone, a drug that emergency responders can administer on the spot to stop the effects of an overdose.

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