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Aug 11 2017 by Desiree Burns
In fact, in that report, the commission described the overdose death tolls as "September 11th every three weeks" and urged the president to immediately "declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act".
He addressed the issue at a press conference in New Jersey as he responded to a question from a reporter, the news service reports.
Trump, who made the issue a key talking point during his campaign, previously received on an interim report from a commission he appointed that called for declaration of a national emergency.
Mr. Trump didn't give a timetable for an emergency declaration in his remarks to reporters, though suggested that opioid use is a "worldwide problem, not just a United States problem". "We believe at this point that the resources we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis, at this point, can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency", Price said, although he clarified that the option remains "on the table".
On Twitter, former congressman Patrick Kennedy, who serves on the bipartisan opioid commission, said the announcement would "empower Congress and the Administration to take bold steps to fund desperately-needed treatment and prevention efforts".
"When I was growing up, they had LSD - and they had certain generations of drugs", Trump said. 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.
As of August 1, Politifact says Trump's golfed at least 21 times since taking office. Both senators have called for more steady access to naloxone, a drug that emergency responders can administer on the spot to stop the effects of an overdose.
Despite Trump's looming declaration, it remains unclear whether he and Congress will act on the rest of the recommendations by the opioid commission. "His announcement is another step in the effort to battle this most hard crisis". "Additional resources from the federal government will help hard-hit states like OH", said DeWine. Are we seeing the same thing happen here, where there's being - where there's going to be renewed emphasis on the law enforcement part of dealing with the drug epidemic?
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub welcomed the additional support for the crisis, saying the community will take all the help it can get.
"I have been saying all along that we have an emergency in West Virginia with opioid and drug addiction", he said in a statement. "As president, he's squandering an opportunity to follow through on his promise, instead putting forth a substance-free plan of action that may beef up his tough-on-crime image but will do nothing to help the millions who have seen their own or their loved ones' lives ravaged by this merciless epidemic".