President Trump Declares State of Emergency on Opioid Abuse
The president’s Commission, led by NJ Gov. Chris Christie, on July 31st recommended the emergency declaration of opioid abuse.
Opioid related deaths in the US have quadrupled since 1999 and claims around 91 deaths a day.
Last Thursday, August 10th, from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Trump officially declared the opioid abuse epidemic as a state of national emergency. This statement comes two days after a public announcement that he would win the fight against drug addiction.
Yesterday Trump said, “It’s 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.” And in a press release statement later, the White House stated, “Building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.”
Practically, this action will allow the executive to direct more funding and resources to law enforcement agencies and hospitals. Under the administration’s guidelines, experts say it is likely police would be permitted to carry naloxone, an opioid overdose treatment.