Vermont officials respond to opioid epidemic national emergency declaration

Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

Trump added that the White House is "drawing documents now to so attest" to the opioid epidemic's status as a national emergency.

Last week, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, issued a preliminary report characterizing the overdose death toll as "September 11th every three weeks" and and urged the president to declare a national emergency.

President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency earlier this week.

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Ominously for the GOP, 6 in 10 say Trump and congressional Republicans are responsible for any upcoming health care problems since they control government. And in 2015, opioids (prescription and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people, more than in any other year on record, according to the CDC. "I do think that is one positive thing that could come, that will come from the President declaring an emergency", Weinberger said. If somebody else uttered the exact same words that I uttered, they'd say, "What a great statement, what a wonderful statement".

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", the president said, announcing that his administration was drafting the paperwork to make the emergency declaration official.

Palm Beach County, Fla., saw almost 600 fatal overdoses past year, mostly related to opioids.

According to the report, 142 people die every day from opioid overdoses, or the equivalent of the number of September 11, 2001, fatalities every three weeks.

According to StatePublicHealth.org - a national nonprofit for public health agencies - six states in USA have issued emergency declarations in response to the opioid epidemic - Arizona, Alaska, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

"We're going to draw it up and we're going to make it a national emergency".

Fitzpatrick introduced the Road to Recovery Act in June that would permanently reverse the decades-old restriction on Medicaid, but the bill hasn't moved from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "You know, when I was growing up, they had the L.S.D. and they had certain generations of drugs". Alton Taylor, executive director of the county's Drug Abuse Foundation says although the emergency declaration was welcome, Palm Beach County and the rest of the state still don't have enough publicly-funded beds available to treat people with opioid addictions.

After the commission met with the president, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price laid out the next steps. "We can get them into treatment", De Carolis said.

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