Former Health Secretary: Mixed Message From Trump Administration On Opioid Epidemic

Former Health Secretary: Mixed Message From Trump Administration On Opioid Epidemic

Former Health Secretary: Mixed Message From Trump Administration On Opioid Epidemic

President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised to increase law enforcement and strengthen border security to "beat this frightful situation" of drug abuse across the country, but he did not declare a national public health emergency as Gov. Chris Christie suggested and he made no mention of the governor's work on a commission the president created to address rampant heroin and opioid use.

The presidential opioid commission, which is chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recommended Trump "declare a national emergency" and claimed "America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks".

Dr. Price commented Mr. Trump is focused on solving the opioid crisis.

Amid consideration of the severity of the country's drug epidemic, a member of President Donald Trump's administration has announced that the president will not declare a state of emergency regarding the nationwide opioid crisis.

In March, the president signed an executive order establishing a commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis. "When you have the capacity of Yankee stadium or Dodger stadium dying every single year in this nation, that's a crisis that has to be given incredible attention and the president is giving it that attention". Both would have undercut Americans' ability to seek treatment for opioid addiction. Pence called for "new resources" to combat the epidemic ahead of Trump's meeting.

One of the commission's key recommendations included declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency.

Health and administration officials met with Trump at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., to update him on the crisis. "It is a problem the likes of which we have not seen".

"Until Trump takes real action and abandons his attempts to reduce health care access to these communities, anything he does is nothing but more empty rhetoric and another broken promise", the statement concludes.

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"We're going to have a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this terrible situation that has happened in our country - and we will", Trump told reporters.

President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that the way to avoid opioid addiction is never to start in the first place: "If they don't start, they won't have a problem".

Later, Price added: "Most national emergencies that have been declared in the area of public health emergency have been focused on a specific area, a time-limited problem - either an infectious disease or a specific threat to public health". Alaska's disaster declaration prompted a more coordinated response among policymakers, Butler said.

"Morgs are running out of space, they have no room for the bodies, for the overdoses anymore", Orta said. "We still have too many people getting medicine at too high a level and for too long", said CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat in an interview with the Times last month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people across the USA died of opioid overdoses in 2015.

Crude death rates for drug overdose in the United States from 2015 through "Quarter 3" of 2016.

He said that overdose-reversing medications like Naloxone and Narcan should be made available around the country and even spoke about a National Institutes of Health (NIH) effort to create a vaccine for addiction.

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