Pres. Trump To Be Briefed On Opioid Crisis

Michele Moreno
August 10, 2017

But he stopped short of actually declaring a state of emergency: "We believe that the resources that we need to bring to bear on the opioid crisis at this point can be addressed without the declaration of the emergency". Trump's top health administrator, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, argued that extra step wouldn't have helped much anyway - and experts tend to agree.

On Tuesday afternoon, President Trump attended a briefing, held at his New Jersey golf club, on the ever-worsening opioid crisis in the US, which is killing almost 150 people every day.

"It is not just whether you declare an emergency". According to the Post, a White House spokesman described the briefing as "an update on the opioid crisis" and said the president was still reviewing a preliminary report from his hand-picked commission.

The president and First Lady Melania Trump attended a meeting earlier in the day at Trump's golf course in Bedminister, New Jersey, in which Price discussed the administration's efforts to combat the epidemic.

In May, Price visited Charleston to talk about the opioid epidemic with policymakers from both the state and federal levels along with representatives from several organizations.

Trump seemed to embrace one recommendation of the commission, even if he did not explicitly say so.

Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society. Everybody is threatened. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and opioid overdose deaths have almost quadrupled since 1999.

Rapid administration of this drug reverses opioid overdose and prevents death. In the statement, Trump links the opioid problem to immigrants bringing drugs in the country, something he has been adamant about fighting since his campaign, i.e.

The report urges Trump to declare a national emergency, rapidly increase the nation's addiction treatment capacity, and provide model legislation that would promote use of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

"We are going to reverse these trends using every lawful tool we have".

The opioid commission's report doesn't mention the border wall but does call for stringent measures to detect fentanyl in packages that flow through the U.S. Postal Service from foreign sources, particularly China.

Price hinted that HHS is looking to modify privacy laws to allow family members to be aware of a patient's addiction and spoke about the need to make overdose-reversing Narcan more available, develop pain medication that is not addictive, and better educate doctors about how to treat pain.

Recent studies have detailed the devastating extent of the opioid epidemic.

"I am pretty ticked off", said Canterbury, who said she now regrets her vote for Trump and likely won't vote for him in 2020.

Activists have called on the Trump Administration to finally do more to combat the crisis.

Jose Benitez, the executive director of Prevention Point, the needle exchange and advocacy program that serves people suffering from addiction in Kensington, said before Mr. Trump's remarks on Tuesday that he had been encouraged by the report after years of tough-on-crime federal drug policy.

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