Trump declares Public Health Emergency to Combat Opioid Crisis


Trump declares Public Health Emergency to Combat Opioid Crisis

The National Institutes of Health is launching a public-private partnership to research and develop non-addictive painkillers.

"To help combat the enormous shame and stigma that people with addictions feel", Fiori said, adding that Americans need better access to drug treatment programs.

Providing Labor Department money to fight the cycle of addiction and unemployment in steel mill and coal towns by issuing grants states can use to provide meaningful work that will help people get back on their feet and recover from addiction. "We owe it to our children and our country to do everything in our power to address this national shame and this human tragedy". This decision led to quick criticism that without new funding, what Trump had done amounted to little more than a gesture.

Trump made similar comments during his speech on the opioid crisis at the White House Thursday.

The number of prescription opioids legally sold almost quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, despite no change in the amount of pain that Americans reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

"We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic", said President Trump. Afterward, he promised several times to declare opioid abuse a "national emergency". "Believe me. Very, very tough life", Trump said.

The declaration does not come with specific funding, but officials say it will allow changes such as expended access to medical services in rural areas.

The announcement will surely be welcomed in places like Vermont that have been ravaged by the abuse of prescribed drugs like OxyContin and illegal substances like heroin, banned as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Officials said a national state of emergency would not have been the best approach for a long-term crisis and would not have provided authorities with resources the government does not already have. Two other Granite State leaders, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic Sen.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, called Trump's declaration "an important step" that's "long overdue" and will mean nothing if it isn't followed with immediate actions.

"After we review and evaluate the commission's findings, I will quickly move to implement an approximate and appropriate recommendation", Trump said.

Trump said that his administration would announce a new policy that would "overcome" the rule, suggesting officials would focus on granting waivers that allow states to expand treatment options.

In three years, her three sons were gone.



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