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

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

In March, Trump established the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which is led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

President Donald Trump hit the links at his golf course in New Jersey a day after engaging in a back-and-forth with North Korea in which both countries threatened to bomb each other. "We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis". Either way, this was a well-considered judgement based on the president's careful analysis that opioids are not acid.

Over the last week, President Donald Trump has vacillated about how to handle the opioid epidemic that has wracked much of the United States, including Pennsylvania.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, my critics are only saying that because it's me. There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years.

An emergency declaration under the Public Health Service Act would allow for the deployment of medical professionals such as addiction treatment specialists, to underserved and cash-strapped areas.

He also said, "We're very, very tough on the Southern border, where much of this comes in".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 142 people die every day from drug overdoses, putting it on par with auto crashes as a leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

In Massachusetts alone, he added, it will cost a projected $123 million to provide comprehensive coverage for all people treated for opioid use disorders in 2026. Former President Barack Obama declared a national emergency in the east coast during Hurricane Sandy. Or it at least it will be once the paperwork gets done, President Trump said Thursday.

Some advocates have said that even if the emergency declaration alone does not ease the crisis, it could rally Congress and federal officials to bolster their response even with authorities they already have.

The president has insisted on passage of health care bills that would go beyond repealing Obamacare and diminish the Medicaid program, one of the key government programs in the fight against opioid addiction.

Six states have announced their own opioid-related public health emergency or disaster declarations in recent years, and a seventh, Indiana, issued a declaration to respond to an HIV outbreak that was driven by injection drug abuse.