President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic as a national emergency.
This past Thursday, President Trump announced that his administration is currently drafting papers to make the opioid crisis an official national emergency. In his address, Trump said:
“The opioid crisis is an emergency and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,”
He continues to tell reporters:
“We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency. It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids played a role in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015.
Trump’s decision to declare the national emergency comes amid a White House commission on the opioid crisis. The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, led the commission that insisted that the president bring light to this epidemic.
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The commission’s report stated:
“America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
The report also noted that more than 100 Americans die of drug overdoses every day.
In addition to Trump’s declaration, he also told reporters that a lot of money, effort, and time would be spent on the opioid crisis.
However, the declaration could aid in additional funding and expanded access to various forms of treatment. Furthermore, it could also unlock additional support and resources to address the overdose crisis.
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