USA opioid crisis a 'national emergency', says Trump

USA opioid crisis a 'national emergency', says Trump

Advocates say that the opioid commission's recommendations reflect a dire need to treat the opioid overdose crisis as a health issue and not a criminal issue.

While not giving specifics, declaring a national emergency will allow for federal funds to be allocated to the problem.

At a Bedminster, N.J., news conference with Vice President Pence, Trump said he planned to spend a lot of time and money on addressing the opioid epidemic.

President Trump on Thursday said he will declare a national emergency due to opioid abuse, but some believe the announcement is long overdue. There's never been anything like whats happened to this country over the last four or five years.

"President Trump, as he demonstrated yesterday, is committed to addressing a crisis that's hit close to home in IN and in states, really, all across the heartland", Vice President Pence 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".

"I commend the president for declaring that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency", Buchanan said.

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The report said 142 Americans died every day from a drug overdose, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Trump for "taking this drastic and necessary measure to confront an opioid crisis that is devastating communities around the country and ripping families apart".

"I support peace, I support safety, and I support having to get very tough if we have to protect America or our allies", said Trump. Data from a Harvard/NYU study show that in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia almost 215,000 additional people were able to seek mental health and addiction treatment after the Medicaid expansion.

"President Trump's bipartisan opioid commission makes clear that this crisis demands a health-based response", said Smith.

Trump drew criticism recently after transcripts of a call with Mexico's president showed him describing New Hampshire as a "drug-infested den". This means more funding and resources to help fight this crisis.