BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (AP) - President Donald Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a "national emergency". "We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", he told USA Today and other reporters during a press briefing.
The White House has not released an official declaration, so it's unclear what it will look like or what federal rules may be relaxed as a result.
Urging against Republican-led efforts to repeal the controversial health care law, the congressman warned that dismantling the ACA would not just put the opioid addiction treatment funds in jeopardy, but also impact the almost 3 million Americans with substance use disorders covered under its Medicaid expansion provision. "I think it just points out the fact that this is a nationwide epidemic".
In the first six months of this year, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to 787 suspected overdose calls, an increase of 156 percent, compared with 307 calls between January and June of last year.
In fact, there was nothing major about the president's opioid briefing, except for the part in which he offered the now-infamous "fire and fury like the world has never seen" quip regarding North Korea's nuclear capabilities. The money could go to programs to help people quit and to equip more emergency responders with Narcan to help save the lives of people who have overdosed.
This comes after criticism from Democrats that the president has not done enough on the issue.
"No I have not", he answered, "but I feel that they will be very safe, believe me". "Anything that helps is good".
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, also praised Trump's pledge to declare the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. While this is an important step, combating the opioid epidemic requires more than words. We need a national focus on this epidemic.
Listeners of New Jersey 101.5's "Ask the Governor" know that Christie has been talking for year about drug addiction and changing the way the state's courts handle drug abuse.
As a member of the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees, Collins has participated in six subcommittee hearings discussing the government and states responses to the crisis, fentanyl, and professional and academic perspectives.
Price sought to diminish the administration's resolution on Tuesday just after Trump declared that a robust law implementation reply is required and that he is devoted to fight the situation.