Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency as Schools Feel the Effects

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency as Schools Feel the Effects

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency as Schools Feel the Effects

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 142 people die every day from drug overdoses, putting it on par with vehicle crashes as a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Former President Barack Obama declared a national emergency in the east coast during Hurricane Sandy.

"I think thanks to some of the reporting that has been done that we've seen in the last couple of weeks, there's a little bit more awareness of where we ended up in the budget in the drug abuse and mental health area", Latvala said.

But after U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said such a declaration was unnecessary, the president reversed course. States and cities ravaged the most by the epidemic can use federal disaster relief funds or request other types of emergency aid. According to these states, their declarations have helped them fight the crisis, but whether that's likely to be the case for the nation as a whole will depend on how Trump's administration chooses to use its emergency resources.

A series of studies, however, have found one of the key variables in opioid addiction is a doctor's prescription, with many overdose deaths stemming from prescription opioid medications. This is bound to make waves as it will be the first time the USA government will declare an emergency over a long term public health issue.

"It has to be both law enforcement and health, we have to do more of everything because of the crisis that we're in", said Baum, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in a wide-ranging interview this week in his office.

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A recent CBS poll found 61 percent of respondents were "uneasy" with Trump's ability to handle the North Korean nuclear situation. China's President Xi Jinping told Trump in a phone call that all sides should maintain restraint and avoid inflammatory comments.

CORNISH: So if a White House commission made this recommendation, why is it a surprise that the president is saying he's going to do it?

"I stand with President Trump in recognizing the extreme severity of the opioid crisis in America and applaud the steps being taken to find solutions to this devastating problem". "There's never been what's happened to this country over the last four or five years". The commission's report also called for increased access to treatment for people on Medicaid, education for medical professionals who prescribe opiates, greater availability of overdose-reversing drugs, protections for people who report drug overdoses to first responders and research and development of pain treatments that are not opiates.

President Donald Trump has spoken out on the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Arthur Reingold, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California-Berkeley, applauded Trump's initiative.

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