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President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic A National Emergency

President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic A National Emergency”

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Tuesday the administration was coming up with a comprehensive strategy on opioids that would be presented to Trump in the future but added that the crisis could be handled "without the declaration of a national emergency". In declining to declare an emergency Tuesday, the president seemed more interested in attacking President Barack Obama for not doing enough on his watch to prosecute bad actors. (Money from the DRF is usually used to help states respond to natural disasters like hurricanes.) It could also result in the deployment of medical staff to underserved communities, as well as the training of providers to treat addiction with drugs such as methadone.

Dr. Rathlev says the best way to dealing with the problem is to reduce the stigma of addiction and for emergency room doctors to recognize when someone is becoming addicted. It's a national emergency.

President Trump on Thursday said he will declare a national emergency due to opioid abuse, but some believe the announcement is long overdue.

Trump told pool reporters at his Bedminster golf club that his administration is drawing up documents to make the national emergency declaration.

"When I was growing up they had the LSD, and they had certain generations of drugs", Trump said.

Every year, for the last four years, 30 people in the county have died from an opioid overdose. This is happening worldwide.

Declaring a national emergency would at least allow the immediate allocation of more federal resources to address the crisis and put more pressure on Congress to take legislative action.

In Ohio, which has been devastated by the nation's opioid problem, Attorney General Mike DeWine chimed-in with more applause. The state is suing five pharma companies for flooding the state with prescription painkillers that gave rise to the state's addiction and overdose crisis. The argument in fact collides with the reality that had Trump succeeded in pushing Republicans to cut the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, it would have caused great harm here. Medicaid, which was expanded under the act, pays for treatment for low-income Americans. "If they do start, it's awfully tough to get off", he said, according to a CNN report.

"I think thanks to some of the reporting that has been done that we've seen in the last couple of weeks, there's a little bit more awareness of where we ended up in the budget in the drug abuse and mental health area", Latvala said. Right now there's a limit on the number of beds they can have.

Addicts often say they want the most powerful drug they can find and often seek batches of drugs that have been linked to rashes of overdoses.

Federal, state and local policymakers have been trying to catch up with the opioids epidemic, which affects all ages and races in every corner of the U.S. "Law enforcement officers throughout OH have told me that we can not arrest our way out of this problem".

It is not totally clear whether Trump's words Thursday qualified as a national state of emergency declaration.



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