Trump Declares Opioid Addiction Crisis a State of Emergency

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

The president's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis had recommended in an interim report released July 31 that the president immediately declare a national emergency, citing an overdose death rate of 142 a day.

Trump, speaking to reporters outside his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, himself declared the crisis an "emergency".

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price seemed to suggest after a briefing this week that the president was leaning against the recommendation, arguing that the administration could deploy the necessary resources and attention to deal with the crisis without declaring a national emergency.

Madras also said that both Price and Trump are serious about lessen the problem and believe that timely execution of sound and effective strategies. States and cities would be able to request disaster zone declarations from the White House, which would enable them to use federal funds for drug treatment, overdose-reversal medication and more.

George's son Zach Ziehm died from an overdose last year, after three years and four months of sobriety.

Markey, who has focused much of his work on combatting opioid abuse, recently penned a letter to the president urging him to follow the recommendation of his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and access emergency resources available under the Public Health Services Act for prevention and treatment efforts.

The money does not help with detox, residential treatment or crisis programs, all of which are often used to help opioid addicts recover. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 4,000 people in Florida died in 2015 as a result of opioid abuse. Most opioid-overdose deaths are linked to prescription pain pills, though the use of heroin is growing rapidly, accounting for nearly 13,000 deaths in 2015, according to Nida.

She hopes it will mean more funding for resources aimed at prevention, treatment and recovery services in Wisconsin communities, and that care for people struggling with the risky drugs last longer.

"We hope that the President declares a public health emergency in this country", Christie said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on August 1. He said, "If this statement gets more money, that's good". "I'm confident that by working with our health care and law enforcement experts, we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win".

While opioid-related court filings have been trending downward in Johnson County, medical calls for overdose-reversing drugs, like Naloxone, have been increasing. The Food and Drug Administration has announced steps to limit misuse of prescription opioids.

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