Friday, 18 August, 2017

Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency Trump to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency
Marlene Weaver | 11 August, 2017, 02:09

Fellow Republicans in OH are hailing President Trump's announcement on Thursday declaring the opioid crisis in America a national emergency. "We're going to draw it up and we're going to make it a national emergency".

Trump announced his intention in response to a reporter's question of why he had not declared a national emergency as recommended.

In 2015, Manatee County had the highest number of deaths per capita among Florida's 67 counties in which the medical examiner found a presence of heroin, fentanyl, morphine or cocaine, according to the Medical Examiners Commission annual report. By getting doctors to prescribe opioids more responsibly, the commission aims to pull back the original source of the current drug overdose crisis.

The declaration could help the government negotiate lower prices for naloxone, the overdose reversal medication, but many experts and advocates have said that it would likely be more of a symbolic step and public education tool.

It was not immediately clear when the declaration would be issued or what specific actions it would call for. The act of declaring a national emergency is typically applied to short-term epidemics and natural disasters.

Man barricaded inside vehicle on I75 in Monroe County, highway shut down
I-75 was closed for hours between Luna Pier and South Otter Creek near the OH border as police tried to negotiate a peaceful end. This all started around 2:30 a.m. when Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies received a call about a suicidal man.

Trump received a briefing on the report earlier this week during his 17-day working vacation in New Jersey. "To his credit, he kept the time here very limited, and the disruption very limited", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters this week when asked about Trump's previous trip.

The president also spoke at the briefing of securing the southern border, one of his signature 2016 campaign promises, as a key component of fighting the opioid epidemic-echoing his comments in a leaked transcript of a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, which was released last week. Chris Christie, said Thursday he will declare the opioid crisis in the U.S "a national emergency". "As president, he's squandering an opportunity to follow through on his promise, instead putting forth a substance-free plan of action that may beef up his tough-on-crime image but will do nothing to help the millions who have seen their own or their loved ones' lives ravaged by this merciless epidemic".

On Twitter, former congressman Patrick Kennedy, who serves on the bipartisan opioid commission, said the announcement would "empower Congress and the Administration to take bold steps to fund desperately-needed treatment and prevention efforts".

Health and human services secretary Tom Price later seemed to suggest that the President may not go so far as he had suggested.

Dr. Arthur Reingold, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California-Berkeley, worked with the World Health Organization on helping stockpile vaccines during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. "In this case, this is a problem that has been festering for some time - and now we're finally paying attention to it".

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