Trump Promises to 'Win' Fight Against Opioid Abuse in US

Katrina Barker
August 10, 2017

The White House commission recommended President Donald Trump declare the crisis a national emergency under the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act.

"With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks".

There was some speculation that Trump, speaking from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course on Tuesday, would declare a national state of emergency and put the full support of the federal government behind fighting the opioid crisis.

"The time has come to declare it a national emergency", said Lou Gargiulo, a Hampton Falls man who served as Trump's Rockingham County campaign co-chairman.

Earlier this year, Mr Trump told Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto that he won the state of New Hampshire during the presidential election because it is "a drug-infested den".

"The president's commission on the opioid crisis recommended that the president urgently, immediately call this a national emergency because that frees up resources; that lifts some of these barriers that allows more Medicaid recipients to go into treatment".

Both Price and Conway spoke to the seriousness of the opioid crisis.

Norcross, vice-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, announced his own bill Tuesday to improve addiction education.

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.

"The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place".

Making matters slightly worse, Trump's budget plan takes an "ax to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs". The president reflected, for example, on preventing addiction by stopping the problem before it starts.

"No state has been spared, and no demographic group has gone untouched", said Kellyanne Conway, a White House counselor who had been active in the opioid effort and joined Price in briefing reporters and the president.

"The reaction from all of them was universally very good", Christie said at an unrelated news conference last Wednesday.

"I'm confidant that by working with our healthcare and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win", Trump told reporters.

'We want you to help us create an outspoken intolerance for dug use, ' Reagan said in one interview.

Politicians, law enforcement and health care officials across the country are struggling to confront the surging crisis of addiction and death associated with opioids - painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin as well as synthetic drugs imported from China like fentanyl. "We're going to be bringing them up and bringing them up rapidly".

Nationwide almost 35,000 people in America died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015 according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

"Physicians are just doing things all over the map", says Dr. Michael Barnett, an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and one of the study's authors.

With the emergency declaration, Christ says the state has been able to train law enforcement on the use of naloxone, which helps reverse overdoses, and develop opioid prescribing guidelines.

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