News

Opioids Crisis: Trump Indicates He Could Soon Declare State Of Emergency

President signals reversal after previously appearing to oppose declaration: We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency.

Donald Trump signaled he could soon declare a state of emergency in an attempt to deal with America’s opioid overdose crisis.

A commission reporting to the president said recently that declaring a state of emergency was its first and most urgent recommendation.

But Trump, in his first remarks on the subject, appeared to set his face against treating the epidemic as a health emergency calling instead for tougher prison sentences and strong, strong law enforcement.

However, returning to the issue on Thursday, Trump seemed to have changed his tone. We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency, he said, adding the administration is drawing documents now too so attest.

 

It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had, Trump said at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, where he is on a working vacation.

The president can declare a state of emergency two legal ways: he could use the Stafford Act, or the Public Health Service Act, which is specific to health emergencies and can be declared by the health secretary.

Trump compared the opioid epidemic to LSD.

When I was growing up they had the LSD, and they had certain generations of drugs, Trump said. There’s never been anything like whats happened to this country over the last four or five years. And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem. This is happening worldwide.

In fact, while drug overdoses happen all over the world, the US leads by a significant margin. Though the nation has just 4% of the world’s population, the US also has 27% of the worlds drug overdose deaths, according to the UNs 2017 World Drug Report.

For example, for every million Americans between 15 and 64 years old, 245 people per year die of drug overdoses. In Mexico, four people per million die of drug overdoses.

Trump’s announcement came one week after a White House commission on curbing opioid addiction recommended the president make the emergency declaration. Emergency declarations are rarely used on a national scale and typically reserved for natural disasters and infectious diseases such as the H1N1 flu virus.

If the administration follows through, an emergency declaration would empower the government to quickly expand access to inpatient treatment services and negotiate lower prices for the overdose reversal drug naloxone, according to the commissions interim report.

It could also remove some layers of bureaucracy to expedite data-sharing, funds distribution and laws that improve access to treatment. Addiction experts said the declaration would send a message that the Trump administrations response to the crisis emphasizes a health-first approach.

So far, the administration has instead favored policies that limit access to health care, harshly penalize drug users and cut funds for agencies tasked with addressing the crisis.

Trump convened the bipartisan opioid commission, which is led by the New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, in March. The commissions final report is due by 1 October.

This article was originally published in The Guardian. Image courtesy of Reuter/AFP/Getty Images.

Injured people are treated in Barcelona Spain
Van Plows Into Crowd In Barcelona; Police View It As Terror
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe
Mugabe Flies To South Africa To Aid Wife Accused Of Assault
It’s not just a gross Fourth Amendment privacy violation but free speech rights as well
Did you Visit This Anti-Trump Site? The US Government Wants Your IP Address
Pope Francis made the comments in a foreword to a book by Daniel Pittet, who was abused by a priest.
Pope Francis Says Sexual Abuse By Priests Is An ‘Absolute Monstrosity’ In New Book
Acupuncture
Modern Acupuncture Showing Signs Of Huge Growth
Marijuana plants
Canada Tries Trading Marijuana In New ETF
For a lot of brands, selling on Amazon holds a ton of opportunity.
A Small Business Guide To Selling On Amazon: Be Ready To Compete On Price
Bitcoin rose above $4,000 today
Bitcoin Surpasses $4,000, Reaches Another Milestone
Mark Fidelman and Noah Kagan
Why Email Marketing Is Better Than Social Media Marketing
Emily Richett
4 Surefire Ways To Increase Sales Using Video
Product Images Enrapture
6 Ways Irresistible Product Images Enrapture Customers And Boost Conversions
Digital Marketing Trends
5 Digital Marketing Trends Your Business Needs To Try
Pinterest
Pinterest Users Can Now Pinch-To-Zoom On Photos In The App
Facebook redesign
Facebook And Instagram Get Redesigns For Readability
Facebook
5 New Facebook Updates And Tests Spotted This Week
Facebook is expanding its mobile e-commerce Marketplace tab to 17 additional European countries.
Facebook Invests In E-Commerce With ‘Marketplace’ Expansion
Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler To Sing ‘Total Eclipse’ Hit During Eclipse
US airlines expect to carry more than 16 million passengers this Labor Day travel period.
Airlines Anticipate Record Travel For Labor Day
Daniel Craig will play James Bond for the fifth time
Daniel Craig Confirms He Will Play James Bond Again
Rule Taproom pub in Moscow, Russia
Pint By Pint, A Hoppy Revolution Is Brewing In Russia
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe
Mugabe Flies To South Africa To Aid Wife Accused Of Assault
Bonnie Tyler
Bonnie Tyler To Sing ‘Total Eclipse’ Hit During Eclipse
It’s not just a gross Fourth Amendment privacy violation but free speech rights as well
Did you Visit This Anti-Trump Site? The US Government Wants Your IP Address
Mark Fidelman and Noah Kagan
Why Email Marketing Is Better Than Social Media Marketing