Opioids crisis: Trump indicates he could soon declare state of emergency

Opioids crisis: Trump indicates he could soon declare state of emergency

Opioids crisis: Trump indicates he could soon declare state of emergency

Price pointed out that the Trump administration can still curb the increase of deaths due to drug overdose by not declaring the crisis as a public health emergency.

Trump's Office of National Drug Control Policy did not respond to questions about Trump's suggestion. He indicated that the administration was now drawing up the paperwork to make it official. He said the DEA might be able to use the emergency to require prescriber education for doctors and others who dispense opioids. "I just want to let the people of New Hampshire know that I'm with you 1,000%", Trump said in that state just before Election Day. "No one thinks the recovery from this is going to be fast, emergency or not".

In Manatee County, opioids have taken an especially strong grip.

While opioid-related court filings have been trending downward in Johnson County, medical calls for overdose-reversing drugs, like Naloxone, have been increasing.

Opioids are a broad category of legal and illegal drugs, ranging from prescription painkillers to heroin.

It is not often that a public health emergency is declared for something other than a natural disaster. At 19-years-old, she said her sister lost her best friend.

And while the declaration could put more pressure on Congress to provide additional funding, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Juliet Sorensen told NBC News earlier this week it would be a rare move for Trump that both Republicans and Democrats could agree on. "Anything that helps is good". Trump answered, "We're going to draw it up, and we're going to make it a national emergency". Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act past year, which included almost $1 billion in funding for the opioid epidemic.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly promised that the federal government will confront the spreading crisis of opioid overdoses.

"Additional resources from the federal government will help hard-hit states like OH", said DeWine.

Governors in Arizona, Maryland and Virginia have already declared emergencies, The Washington Post reported.

On Tuesday, Trump received an extended briefing on the subject in Bedminster.

Such a declaration, recommended by a Trump-appointed commission on opioid addiction last week, would free up federal health care dollars to pay for drug addiction treatment.

Nationwide, Pennsylvania ranks 4th highest in heroin deaths, and 7th highest for all opioids (including heroin), according to a recent study that adjusted 2014 federal death rates to compensate for how disparities in how drug deaths are documented. Thirty thousand lives cut short; 30,000 families devastated; 30,000 communities scarred, every year. People are dying. We're trying to do everything we can to stop it, but we're going to need more.

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