Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight


After the meeting, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway briefed the press.

"We believe at this point the resources we'd need or the focus we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis can be achieved without the declaration", Trump added.

Health Secretary Tom Price told said the administration has the resources it needs to combat the epidemic without invoking the emergency powers.

On the same day the NCHS statistics were released, President Donald Trump said he would receive a "major briefing" on the opioid crisis with top administration officials Tuesday afternoon at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, almost 35,000 people across America died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015.

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Declaring a state of emergency is important in that it allows the government to quickly lift restrictions or waive rules for states and local governments to be able to stop waiting and take prompt actions.

Trump seemed to embrace one recommendation of the commission, even if he did not explicitly say so. Everybody is threatened. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and opioid overdose deaths have almost quadrupled since 1999.

"If we can get in the school system, educate the teachers, the families, I think there we can start with breaking part of the epidemic", Cynthia Orta, President and Owner of Innova Recovery Services said.

"The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdoses is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place", he said.

The White House opioid commission is slated to release a final plan to Trump on October 1. "Having a report like this, which has expert consensus behind it, is going to help us push that forward". "The United States has just as much of a drug addiction problem today as it did way back in the late 1960s when President Richard Nixon first declared the war on drugs".

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A series of studies, however, have found one of the key variables in opioid addiction is a doctor's prescription, with many overdose deaths stemming from prescription opioid medications.

He said a lot less about the problem - and offered fewer specifics - than many had anticipated.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-NH, and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, co-signed a letter to the President asking for him to call on Congress to provide emergency appropriations to combat the epidemic.

"We've gotten a really good response from the White House", said Christie, whom Trump appointed to lead the panel.

Trump's wordier version of Nancy Reagan's failed "Just say no" program would target those who haven't fallen victim to opioid addiction.

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"People continue to die every day from this bad epidemic, so it is absolutely essential that we all continue to work together to combat it at every level", Hassan said. David Morgan, Southwest public information officer for the state Health Department, said that number has improved, but New Mexico still ranks eighth in the nation.