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President calls opioid crisis national emergency

15 Agosto 2017, 01:42 | Martinez Canez

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Usually national emergencies are declared for short-term crises such as the Zika virus outbreak or a natural disaster.

Trump's comments are a bit surprising, given that on August 8, HHS Secretary Tom Price belittled the need for declaring it an emergency.

In fact, it was even cited in a 10-page report presented last month by President Trump's newly-minted Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Asked about the renewed emphasis on law and order in dealing with the crisis, including from President Trump himself, Christ says she does see an important role for law enforcement in addressing the illegal supply of drugs. Marsh believes people at large are learning more about addiction, including those in the White House, and that it's time to help those who can't end the abuse. In any case, assuming he follows through, a declaration could help speed funding and cut red tape for what will hopefully be a holistic and forward-thinking response.

Since declaring an emergency, Maryland has tightened practices for those prescribing opioids and received a waiver to allow Medicaid to pay for residential drug treatment.

The recommendations were "to open up funding for the Department of Public Health - for instance, to open up more treatment beds, to create funding and make it easier for. first responders to use naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses in the field", he says.

"Drug traffickers are out for the money, they're taking these deadly products and bringing them to every corner of the United States", Baum said.

President Trump's stance on the opioid epidemic has changed, from originally stating this problem could be addressed without declaring this a national crisis. Tens of thousands of people in the USA are dying from opioid overdoses annually.

This unleashed an avalanche of criticism that helped convince the president to accept the recommendation of his own opioid crisis commission.

"We have to stop them for the security and the national security of our country", he said.

"What I would say here ladies and gentleman, my portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options should they be needed", he said.

Sen. Chris Coons said he's happy the president was briefed on the crisis this week and he looks forward to more leadership on this issue. "And you look at opiate abuse and addiction, and its impact on communities, it's really going to be a long term problem, and we need long term solutions", Moore explained.

For instance, President Trump made repeal of the Affordable Care Act a top priority, which would threaten healthcare and access to treatment and mental health services for millions of people living with substance use disorder.

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