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Opioid Crisis to Be Declared a National Emergency, Trump Says

The Department of Health and Human Services declared one in Puerto Rico last year after more than 10,000 Zika cases were reported there. Chris Christie, who he named chair of the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.(Credit: Shawn Thew/Pool/Getty Images)
“We believe that at this point, the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crises can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency,” Price said, “although all things are on the table for the president.”
Trump made it known exactly where he stood Thursday: “This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest.”
The White House commission examining the nation’s opioid epidemic had told Trump last week that declaring a national public health emergency would be an immediate help in combating the¬†ongoing crisis. It’s a national emergency,” Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. “We are going to draw it up, and we are going to make it a national emergency. We must act boldly to stop it,” the commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. It is not often that a public health emergency is declared for something other than a natural disaster. The crucial thing an emergency declaration does, he said, is mobilize resources and bring much-needed attention to the problem, especially in getting politicians, leaders and the public on the same page. The agency has not responded to requests for comment. “Typically, humans don’t get motivated until there’s actually a problem,” Reingold said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. Declare a national emergency.”
Among the other recommendations were to rapidly increase treatment capacity for those who need substance abuse help; to establish and fund better access to medication-assisted treatment programs; and to make sure that health care providers are aware of the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids by enhancing prevention efforts at medical and dental schools. Arthur Reingold, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California-Berkeley, worked with the World Health Organization on helping stockpile vaccines during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. It was not immediately clear what had changed since Tuesday, when Price said the president had no immediate plans for an emergency declaration. President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration plans to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power to combat the epidemic. New government data show an increase in opioid overdose deaths during the first three quarters of last year, an indication that efforts to curb the epidemic are not working. CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”
Trump’s comments come just two days after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price suggested that declaring a national emergency was unnecessary. “Our citizens are dying. It was that type of global initiative that helped curb the spread of bird flu. Chris Christie, said in its¬†interim report. “The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. “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. Since 1999, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sanjay Gupta said “the question will be: Will that money be used to increase hospital bed availability, medically assisted therapy for the millions of people currently addicted and widely available naloxone to prevent overdose deaths?”
Naloxone is the opioid antidote used by first responders to save lives. He later promised to help people who “are so seriously addicted.”
Declaring a public health emergency makes the opioid epidemic the government’s top priority, infusing much-needed cash into hard-hit areas and bolstering resources. President Donald Trump speaks at a panel on opioid abuse on March 29 in Washington D.C. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. Trump made fighting opioid abuse a key plank of his platform during his 2016 campaign, especially in states ravaged by the heroin and prescription drug abuse. “In this case, this is a problem that has been festering for some time — and now we’re finally paying attention to it.”


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