Opioid commission public health emergency recommendation turned down by Trump

Opioid commission public health emergency recommendation turned down by Trump

Opioid commission public health emergency recommendation turned down by Trump

Trump's surprise announcement came two days after he vowed the USA would "win" the fight against the epidemic but stopped short of acting on the recommendation of the presidential opioid commission to "declare a national emergency".

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

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

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. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, a lot of them because of opioids. "There's never been what's happened to this country over the last four or five years".

"I had an emotional response", George said. "We've been asking the state of OH to do this for awhile, numerous governors throughout the United States have declared emergencies, so this is a good first step".

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.

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Latvala said he would work to push more state money into the gap left by lawmakers this year.

"The opioids crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency", Trump told reporters.

Trump made no mention of the importance of increasing access to treatment in either of his statements on opioids this week, and has supported legislation that would impose severe cuts to Medicaid-which allows three in 10 people suffering from opioid addiction to get treatment. It's a national emergency.

Heroin and opioids killed an estimated 280,000 nationwide between 2002 and 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The declaration could relax some federal rules and give the Trump administration and local governments more flexibility on how they combat the crisis. "Opioid addiction can impact anyone, and we will continue to combat this crisis as a team because more needs to be done". He also said the key is preventing teenagers from taking the drugs in the first place, even though many who develop an opioid addiction do so later in life and after getting a legal, legitimate prescription.

In New Jersey Thursday, the president declared the opioid crisis the nation's biggest health issue. However, despite today's decision, this is not a problem we as a country are going to be able to arrest, incarcerate, or legislate our way out of.

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