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Opioid Crisis Is a 'National Emergency': What Happens Now?

Opioid Crisis Is a 'National Emergency': What Happens Now?”

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.

However, Secretary Price indicated after a briefing with the President on Tuesday that a national emergency might not be needed.

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", the president said, announcing that his administration was drafting the paperwork to make the emergency declaration official.

This follows the recommendations in the interim report from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, the release states. "Much of it is being done without the declaration of a national emergency", Price told reporters in New Jersey, where the president is vacationing.

In 2015, more than 52,000 people in the USA died of drug overdoses, about two-thirds of which were linked to opioids. Trump made the opioid crisis a key part of his campaign, appealing to voters in states most affected by heroin and prescription drug abuse.

One forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from only opioid overdoses - more than the entire city of Baltimore.

But that comment - and the idea people can avoid addiction by never taking opioids in the first place - goes against a series of scientific studies that found many people get hooked on opioids after their doctor prescribes them painkillers.

Experts said that the declaration was encouraging, but it's uncertain how big of an impact it will have on the opioid crisis.

It also means that certain federal rules are temporarily waived.

He added: "So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: No good, really bad for you in every way".

The Department of Justice can also work with HHS and state correctional departments to ensure prisoners with opioid addictions have more access to the rehab medications.

The administration can declare an emergency in two ways: through the Stafford Act or through the Public Health Service Act, and each of these laws could help in different ways, Stein said. What do you say to your critics who say that your rhetoric is actually raising the tension?

"The issue with looking at things as a national emergency or national crisis is that numerous times these are short term fixes". For example, currently, Medicaid can't be used to reimburse treatments at psychiatric facilities, where some people with opioid disorder receive treatment, Stein said. "We may need to modify some of our responses" to the epidemic.



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