Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

By declaring it a national emergency it removes some barriers and waives some federal rules such as one that restricts Medicaid recipients from receiving addiction treatment.

"Our citizens are dying", the commission told the president in a report early last week. "For example, now Medicaid can't reimburse drug treatment in large residential facilities (16 or more beds)".

He addressed the issue at a press conference in New Jersey as he responded to a question from a reporter, the news service reports.

New York City is preparing for its second presidential visit of the Trump administration.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency".

"The disease of addiction is a national emergency, and every delay means more loved ones will die", he said. "We're not letting it go by", Trump said.

He told reporters that the current swathe of addictions was on a scale never seen before in the U.S., adding that he would shortly prepare documents to formalise the declaration of a national emergency over the issue.

"It is a serious problem, the likes of which we've never had". On the other hand, you have to stop new generations of potential drug users from accessing and misusing opioids.

Trump's remarks Thursday came after his commission on combatting drug abuse issued an "urgent" recommendation last week that he issue an emergency declaration.

"This is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem". This is happening worldwide.

Trump made it known exactly where he stood Thursday: "This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest".

OH leads the nation in opioid deaths.

It's unclear how, exactly, the fight against rampant addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin would change under an emergency declaration.

Several Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation in May to eliminate the rule.

"It opens up the existing infrastructure and gives patients access to a far broader range of treatment" by allowing Medicaid to pay for treatment in more settings, Stein said.

"This is a good step to provide potentially life-saving relief to the millions of Americans suffering from this crisis", Kaptur said. Sherrod Brown, said they hoped the emergency would prompt Congress to add dollars and manpower to fighting the epidemic. The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and vehicle crashes combined, the report states. But major initiatives to expand treatment options, promote more research, and boost funding would still require congressional action or initiatives from federal agencies. Among other proposals, the report asks for greater support for law enforcement and US Postal Service efforts - through more manpower and better technology, for example - to catch fentanyl as it's transported.

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order May 3 declaring a public health emergency in Florida due to the opioid epidemic. But a number of states say similar declarations have helped. He has recognized this from before he was elected - he said it many times during his campaign. But these programs often aren't very robust and don't share data across state lines, which federal aid could help address.

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