Opioids crisis: Trump indicates he could soon declare state of emergency

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President Donald Trump has spoken out on the opioid epidemic.

President Donald Trump designated the opioid crisis as a national emergency August 10, pledging to use federal funding usually reserved for natural disasters to help state and federal agencies fight the epidemic.

Price said that the administration can do the same sorts of things without declaring an emergency, although he said Trump was keeping the option on the table. "I am deeply saddened every time I read the letters I receive from West Virginians talking about their loved ones they've lost to drug abuse". "There's never been what's happened to this country over the last four or five years".

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).

Trump's position comes only two days after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said that a national emergency declaration was unnecessary, according to CNN.

That approach ignores a growing body of opinion, even among law enforcement officials, that the drug war is a failure and that the United States will never arrest its way out of an epidemic that is killing more than 142 Americans a day.

A report from the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis said almost two-thirds of overdoses are linked to opioid drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and Purdue Pharma's Oxycontin (oxycodone).

"I am pleased that President Trump plans to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency".

Some are hoping telemedicine can play a role in solving the nation's substance abuse problem.

Markey, who recently urged the White House to issue such a declaration, said the president's move will "elevate the opioid epidemic as the greatest public health crisis facing our country".

"The president certainly believes that we will treat it as an emergency-and it is an emergency", Price said.

The opioid commission's recommendations contrast sharply from the Trump administration's overall response to the opioid crisis to date.

While opioid-related court filings have been trending downward in Johnson County, medical calls for overdose-reversing drugs, like Naloxone, have been increasing. "The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and auto crashes combined".

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