President Trump Will Declare A National Emergency Over The Opioid Crisis

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President Trump said he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, labeling it "a serious problem, the likes of which we've never had" in response to a reporter's question Thursday. Speaking to reporters at the entrance to his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, where he is on a working vacation, Trump promised "to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis".

Trump also has called for tougher law enforcement, including locking up more drug dealers after what he said was a decline in drug-related prosecutions since 2011, and more aggressive policing at United States borders to stop the import of heroin and synthetic opioids. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, majority because of opioids.

George's son Zach Ziehm died from an overdose last year, after three years and four months of sobriety.

Trump, who made the issue a key talking point during his campaign, previously received an interim report from a commission he appointed that called for declaration of a national emergency.

A recent report found that 142 people died from drugs abuse in the USA every day - a toll which is "equal to September 11 every three weeks". Some folks I've spoken to on Capitol Hill don't know what it would mean in practical terms. We badly needed national leadership.

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American opioid addicts have told ITV news how they slid into drugs abouse - with many initially getting hooked on legally-prescribed painkillers.

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.

From a strictly practical standpoint the emergency declaration would have two main effects, according to Keith Humphreys, an addiction specialist at Stanford University (and frequent Wonkblog contributor) who worked in the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Barack Obama. Price also said that if a state of emergency is officially announced, it allows the government to quickly lift restrictions or waive rules so that local government units in the country do not have to wait for them to make their own decisions and actions regarding the matter. "We have been hit harder, so getting the national attention on it by the president, I hope, will help western Pennsylvania [get some] resources".

The money does not help with detox, residential treatment or crisis programs, all of which are often used to help opioid addicts recover.

"This is everything from health care for treatment for those battling the disease of addiction, but also law enforcement, to get access to crime fighting tools and support to stop drug dealers and the flow of heroin into our communities". However, despite today's decision, this is not a problem we as a country are going to be able to arrest, incarcerate, or legislate our way out of.

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