Trump Still Won't Declare a National Emergency to Address the Opioid Crisis

Trump Still Won't Declare a National Emergency to Address the Opioid Crisis

The president said the best way to avoid opioid addiction is to never use the drug from the beginning.

Gerrie Stanhope, president of No Longer Silent, a Manatee County group dedicated to giving a voice to drug overdose victims and their family members, has seen the hold the drugs take on the community firsthand and was glad to hear the emergency has been declared.

Q: Is the opioid crisis an emergency, and if so why haven't you made a declaration?

"The opioid crisis is an emergency", Trump answered, according to a pool report, "and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency".

ITV News has been speaking to some of those affected by the national epidemic, from addicts to coroners and police chiefs.

Donnelly has been a leading voice in the fight against the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic.

President Donald Trump told reporters at his club in New Jersey on Thursday that his administration is getting close to a decision on updated strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

"The president certainly believes that we will treat it as an emergency-and it is an emergency", Price said.

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However, Secretary Price indicated after a briefing with the President on Tuesday that a national emergency might not be needed.

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As per the statistics provided by Bharara, nearly 80 Americans die from opioid overdoses every day: almost 550 a week, 2,400 a month, 30,000 a year.

The current USA addiction epidemic cuts across class boundaries, with many middle class people among those affected.

As a member of the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees, Collins has participated in six subcommittee hearings discussing the government and states responses to the crisis, fentanyl, and professional and academic perspectives. "There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last 4 or 5 years". In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, a lot of them because of opioids.

Mr. Price said this week that most such declarations are for a specific outbreak of an infectious disease, such as the threat from the Zika virus, or are limited geographically to a specific location, like Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New Jersey coast in 2012.

The money does not help with detox, residential treatment or crisis programs, all of which are often used to help opioid addicts recover. The emergency declaration would allow the President's cabinet to increase federal funding and accelerate federal support for treatment and prevention initiatives nationwide. From 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. "When you get into the details only one in 10 people who suffer from addiction in this country, ever, receive any form of treatment".

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