HHS Secretary Statement on President Trump's Opioid Announcement Today

Katrina Barker
August 12, 2017

Days after his drug commission called on him to declare a national emergency, Trump made the announcement at his golf course in New Jersey.

Donnelly said, "I am pleased that President Trump plans to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency". The Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, said that the president assured, however, that the opioid crisis in the country will be treated as an emergency. The president said the best way to avoid opioid addiction is to never use the drug from the beginning. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, majority because of opioids.

Every year, for the last four years, 30 people in the county have died from an opioid overdose.

President Donald Trump's decision to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency was met with bipartisan praise from OH politicians and officials.

Over 100 Americans die of overdoses daily, wrote the commission in a report, stating that "America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks".

"This crisis is growing and requires an escalated response", Capito said. We badly needed national leadership.

Latvala said he would work to push more state money into the gap left by lawmakers this year.

Declaring a national emergency could have a few different effects on the opioid crisis: it could free up federal money from the Disaster Relief Fund for states and cities to treat addiction and overdoses, for instance.

April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, noted county officials previously called on OH officials to declare a state emergency, which Gov. John Kasich has declined to do.

The report also found that 40 percent of people with a substance abuse issue also suffered from mental health problems and less than half received treatment for either issue, and often it was lack of access to care, fear or shame and discrimination and lack of motivation.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, Republican from Marietta: "I agree with President Trump's decision to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.because it is one".

The designation will permit the administration to "take bold steps and ... force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the executive branch even further to deal with this loss of life".

It's not exactly clear what making the declaration will mean for federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis. But, he said, "the reality is that they have spent this entire year trying to cut spending on the opioid epidemic" via drastic cuts to Medicaid contained within the various GOP-supported Obamacare repeal bills that almost became law. "We must continue to fully fund important programs on prevention, treatment and recovery".

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