Trump says he'll declare USA opioid epidemic a national emergency

The Loud Silence of our Opioid Addiction Crisis

Substance abuse counselors say it's the news they've hoped for.

Trump, speaking after a security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., said his administration is preparing the paperwork for the declaration. The report also asked for greater enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which would require insurance companies to address treatment options for patients dealing with opioid addiction.

"I stand with President Trump in recognizing the extreme severity of the opioid crisis in America and applaud the steps being taken to find solutions to this devastating problem".

Trump's administration is balancing future action in Afghanistan with the President's past statements, including promises during the campaign to get the United States out of foreign conflicts.

"We're not just playing it off as making poor choices".

Kufeldt says it's his life's calling, helping drug-addled teenagers confront their drug addictions.

Another idea is for more resources that would help Customs and Border Protection to keep fentanyl out of the U.S. Overdose deaths linked to fentanyl have been on the rise in recent years. Some of them are as young as 12 years old. On Sept. 11, 2001, around 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. But the biggest value from the presidential declaration comes in the heightened profile it gives the opioid issue, and that's part of the reason why the presidential commission (headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie) put that at the top of its list of recommendations. You can do a surgery on a shoulder and be sent home with a month or two month's supply of Oxycodone.

"Neither of those things happen [s] overnight ... but we can make progress" over the long term, Stein said.

Lougene Marsh is also celebrating the President's support.

In Johnson County, the health department is trying to stay ahead.

However, Trump indicated that the White House was still working on the official paperwork.

"It is a national problem", Marsh said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates drug overdoses were involved in around 52,000 deaths in 2015. "This is not a problem that we can incarcerate our way out of". Besides that, Trump and Republicans' efforts to repeal Obamacare threaten to make the crisis worse - by reducing access to health insurance that can be used to pay for addiction care. States and cities would be able to request disaster zone declarations from the White House, which would enable them to use federal funds for drug treatment, overdose-reversal medication and more.

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