Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

President Trump has made good on a campaign promise to devote national resources toward addressing the opioid crisis ravaging the nation. Late Thursday, the White House announced the president will declare the epidemic a national emergency.

CNN reports:

“In a statement released late Thursday, the White House said, ‘building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.’

‘The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency,’ Trump said earlier at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. ‘We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.’”

By declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, Trump makes federal funds available to states and municipalities to combat the problem.

While it’s nice to see something happening, it remains unclear if increased funding will have an impact on the problem.

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