President Trump Makes the Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

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Again this month, it was reported that President Trump released a statement regarding the country’s growing opioid crisis, "The opioid addiction crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It's a national emergency… It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had."

An Enormous Epidemic
Since 1999, the CDC reported the number of opioid overdose deaths across the U.S. has quadrupled. From 2000-2015, more than 500,000 drug overdoses were reported – the majority from opioids. Recent government data further points to an increase in deaths during the first three-quarters of last year, pointing to current efforts to thwart the epidemic as lacking.

What the Declaration Could Mean
Public health emergencies are typically declared for natural disasters, making Trump’s statement unique. However declaring it such would make addressing opioid addiction a top government priority. This will draw attention to the issue, getting politicians and public leaders on the same page, and bolstering resources to the hardest-hit areas.

Four-Weeks Later, However, President Trump Has Yet to Make it Official
Leaving the public to ponder on the delay - and if Trump will follow-through on promises to boost funding, expand access to treatment and increase the availability of overdose reversal drugs. A White House spokesperson stated the official declaration is still in the works, with advisors working through details with relevant agencies and undergoing legal review.

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