Trump takes Christie's advice and declares addiction crisis 'national emergency'

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President Trump says opioid crisis not public health emergency

"I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency".

On Thursday, Trump designated a national emergency but he didn't elaborate on what other action he supported. On Tuesday, administration officials said they were not ready to disclose which recommendations they would adopt.

President Trump said he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, labeling it "a serious problem, the likes of which we've never had" in response to a reporter's question Thursday.

Those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic are welcoming President Donald Trump's declaration that the opioid crisis is a national emergency. But the special commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said it was appropriate in a situation in which thousands of Americans are dying from overdoses and families and communities are being torn apart.

But Price also said that Trump had no immediate plans to declare the nation's opioid epidemic a public health emergency. During his 17-day vacation this month alone, more than 2,400 Americans will die from a drug overdose. Opioid addiction, which began due to over-prescribing of legal drugs, has ruined lives in suburban and rural enclaves rich and poor. "If they do start, it's awfully tough to get off", he said, according to a CNN report.

But Price on Tuesday appeared to suggest the White House would not follow the commission's recommendation, saying a declaration of emergency was not yet necessary. "We have been hit harder, so getting the national attention on it by the president, I hope, will help western Pennsylvania [get some] resources". The commission based its estimate of the number of fatal drug overdoses on 2015 statistics, when 52,404 people died of overdoses of all drugs, including opioids, for an average of 142 a day.

Doing that, Wolf's office said, would boost steps Pennsylvania has taken: such increasing treatment options through Medicaid, expanding opioid education and training for health professionals, and establishing a Naloxone standing order, which allows anyone in Pennsylvania to obtain the opioid reversal drug naloxone without a prescription.

These studies cut at Trump's insinuation that opioid addiction could be curbed by stopping people from taking any opioids in the first place.

President Donald Trump had the opportunity this week to be the strong leader that is needed to change policies and attitudes about addiction to better address the country's opioid crisis.

"We can not "arrest" our way out of the problem". West Virginia, the state that turned out most enthusiastically for Trump, has nine counties in which the drug overdose death rate is as high 50 per 100,000 people.

"True progress will only come if federal, state and local governments work together on solutions", the statement read. And in about the last 10 days or so, the commission recommended in an interim report that the president declare a public health emergency as it relates to the crisis.

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