Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

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Fellow Republicans in OH are hailing President Trump's announcement on Thursday declaring the opioid crisis in America a national emergency.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency", he said.

In his statement to reporters, Mr. Trump made it clear that he meant to issue a formal declaration that the opioid crisis was a national emergency, much the way the federal government officially recognizes the need for a national response to natural disasters.

The crisis became a focus of President Barack Obama's administration during his second term, with the White House announcing $1.1 billion in new funding in 2016 to expand treatment options for people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers.

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". As Governor Christie and the interim report stated, the opioid and heroin crisis now takes more Americans every three weeks than the devastating September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

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U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, Republican from Marietta: "I agree with President Trump's decision to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.because it is one".

Trump's statement was welcomed by members of Congress. Sen.

"As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to help those struggling with addiction".

The biggest impediment to many of these recommendations is that they run counter to the Trump administration's rhetoric about substance abuse and medical care. Under laws that outline national emergencies, the government can open up additional funding to states and provide technical assistance and manpower to places where local and state resources have been overwhelmed. Prevention and law enforcement are important, of course, but when 142 Americans are dying every day from drug overdoses, a lot more than prevention is needed.

Instead, Trump, who met with administration officials about the crisis on Tuesday, said the best way to avoid the problem would be for people to never abuse drugs. You know when I was growing up they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs. Advocates have pushed for flexibility about issues like Medicaid-funded addiction treatment. Under the Social Security Act, federal Medicaid funds can't reimburse services from inpatient facilities that treat "mental diseases", including addiction, with more than 16 beds. The opioid epidemic began when doctors prescribed an enormous amount of opioid painkillers, causing the drugs to proliferate across the country. 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.