Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Expected to Officially Declare the Opioid Crisis a 'National Emergency'

Trump Expected to Officially Declare the Opioid Crisis a 'National Emergency'

Trump's announcement came two days after his top health official threw cold water on Christie's idea of declaring a national emergency. Though the nation has just 4% of the world's population, the USA also has 27% of the world's drug overdose deaths, according to the UN's 2017 World Drug Report. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 4,000 people in Florida died in 2015 as a result of opioid abuse.

In Massachusetts alone, he added, it will cost a projected $123 million to provide comprehensive coverage for all people treated for opioid use disorders in 2026. "You know, when I was growing up, they had the LSD, and they had certain generations of drugs".

Every year, for the last four years, 30 people in the county have died from an opioid overdose.

"This is about more than the United States of America and it's about more than the president, who has been a bully all his life, who has succeeded because he has been able to bully others", the Texas Democrat said.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 142 people die every day from drug overdoses, putting it on par with vehicle crashes as a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. "It's a national emergency".

Since Gottlieb took over pharma company Endo has said it will voluntarily withdraw its opioid painkiller Opana ER (oxymorphone) from the market after an FDA panel said the risks of addiction outweigh its pain-killing benefits.

On Thursday, Buchanan praise President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency over the matter.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency, it's a national emergency", Trump said.

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Chris Christie said that he is "proud" of President Donald Trump for declaring the country's opioid crisis a national emergency, which will give the green light for much-needed tools and resources. According to these states, their declarations have helped them fight the crisis, but whether that's likely to be the case for the nation as a whole will depend on how Trump's administration chooses to use its emergency resources.

Still, Price stressed that "all things" were "on the table for the president".

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

But even if his administration comes up with a way to accomplish that, it won't resolve the current raging opioid epidemic, which continues to claim about 145 lives every day, about 10 a day in Pennsylvania.

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