Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight

Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight

Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight

Price, briefing reporters at a hotel about 15 minutes away from Trump's golf course, said numerous report's recommendations for increased funding and attention can be accomplished without such a declaration, which is normally reserved for a natural disaster such as a hurricane or for a more focused public health problem such as an infectious disease outbreak.

Price said after the briefing that the administration can deploy the necessary resources and attention without declaring a national emergency, though he stressed "all things are on the table for the president".

Health Secretary Tom Price told said the administration has the resources it needs to combat the epidemic without invoking the emergency powers.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced "a major briefing" about the opioid crisis.

In a sign that Christie's commission favored a treatment over an enforcement role for police, the report recommended equipping law enforcement officials around the country with naloxone, a drug created to reverse drug overdoses.

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.

In the end, they urged the President to declare a national emergency for the drug crisis.

"It could give the administration leverage to push for new sentencing legislation, or legislation that enhances drug penalties or a law enforcement response", said Grant Smith, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for a public health-focused approach to drug laws.

"It's a problem the likes of which we have never seen".

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He said that preventing potential addicts from even beginning to abuse drugs is key and that should include starting the conversation when they're young.

Making matters slightly worse, Trump's budget plan takes an "ax to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs".

"First, it lets states and localities that are designated disaster zones to access money in the federal Disaster Relief Fund, just like they could if they had a tornado or hurricane", Humphreys said. The president reflected, for example, on preventing addiction by stopping the problem before it starts.

Williams, a candidate for U.S. House in West Virginia's 3rd District, said issues of addiction are much more complicated than that.

"Morgs are running out of space, they have no room for the bodies, for the overdoses anymore", Orta said. There were 36,450 fatal overdoses nationwide in 2008 and 47,055 in 2014, but half of the deaths reported unspecified drugs and in one-fifth to one-quarter, it was the only drug-related designation included.

But when asked about it Tuesday, Price suggested that declaring a national emergency is unlikely because most recent declarations have been focused on a specific, time-limited problem, such as the Zika virus or Superstorm Sandy.

In 2014 alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

US President Donald Trump has promised to win the fight against an epidemic of opioid drug use in America, but offered no new steps to do so in a speech on Tuesday. Lean on law enforcement, he said. Question: What opioid, addiction, or public health policy expertise does Kushner have?

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