Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump says he will declare the opioid crisis a national emergency

President Trump says he will declare the opioid crisis a national emergency

BRIDGEWATER, New Jersey (CNN) - President Donald Trump told reporters at his club in New Jersey on Thursday that his administration is getting close to a decision on updated strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

Trump also has called for tougher law enforcement, including locking up more drug dealers after what he said was a decline in drug-related prosecutions since 2011, and more aggressive policing at USA borders to stop the import of heroin and synthetic opioids. "It is a serious problem, the likes of which we've never had".

"The president took another important step today by announcing he will declare this epidemic a national emergency, and I appreciate his commitment to making this fight a national priority", Capito said in a statement.

President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid abuse epidemic a national public health emergency.

Tuesday afternoon, Trump met with health officials and members of his administration to receive an update on the crisis.

"Our citizens are dying".

A recent report from the Christie-led commission equated the 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses to the death toll of "September 11th every three weeks". "The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. We look forward to continuing the Commission's efforts and to working with this President", he said.

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The White House has been reluctant to say whether Trump is spending time golfing while he is away from Washington, but the President has been photographed playing throughout the week.

"I am completely confident that the President will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country".

The latest government numbers show that the overdose death rate topped out at 19.9 deaths per 100,000 people in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 16.7 deaths per 100,000 people during the same period in 2015. New government data show an increase in opioid overdose deaths during the first three quarters of previous year, an indication that efforts to curb the epidemic are not working.

Patients who are no longer receiving opioids as medication sometimes turn to street drugs such as heroin, which in many cities is cheaper than beer. "I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem".

Jenkins, who helped in the creation of Lily's Place, called Cardinal Health's claim "an outrage". "The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and auto crashes combined".

Expand access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone Among other plans, the commission vows to provide model legislation so states can allow the dispensing of naloxone through a standing order. Sherrod Brown, said they hoped the emergency would prompt Congress to add dollars and manpower to fighting the epidemic.

We are all concerned by the impact of this epidemic on our communities across the country and across all demographics.

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