Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday confessed an epidemic national emergency and said his administration was drafting papers to make it official.
“The opioid crisis is an emergency and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” Trump confirmed to the reporters in New Jersey. “We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency. It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had.”
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Trump spoke about a week after a White House commission on the opioid crisis leaded by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recommended the president to declare it as a national emergency.
The declaration would be a convenient help to unlock more support and resources to address the drug epidemic, such as additional funding and expanded access to various forms of helps and it gives the government more flexibility in several rules and restrictions to expedite action.
The National emergencies have typically declared for short-term crises, such as the Zika virus outbreak or a natural disaster. It is unclear what Trump’s declaration will mean for a various public health problems.
“We’re going to spend as much time as possible , a lot of effort and a big budget on the opioid crisis,”declared Trump. “This is a universal problem, not just a United States problem.”
A hundred Americans die as a result of drug overdoses every day, the commission wrote in a report,knowing that “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” Opioids played a role in 33,000 deaths in 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trump held a “major briefing” on this epidemic problem on Tuesday, but stopped short of following the commission’s recommendation. He also talked about stopping the flow of drugs into the United States and ensuring young people never use drugs.But,he did not discuss access to treatment.