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Price made the comments at a hotel in Bridgewater about a 15-minute drive to Trump's golf course that is home to traveling reporters while the president is in Bedminster as part of a 17-day "working vacation". Price, briefing reporters at a hotel about 15 minutes away from Trump's golf course, said numerous report's recommendations for increased funding and attention can be accomplished without such a declaration, which is normally reserved for a natural disaster such as a hurricane or for a more focused public health problem such as an infectious disease outbreak.

Meeting with the president at the Trump National Golf Club were Mr. Price, as well as a number of presidential aides, including John F. Kelly, the chief of staff; Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser; Kellyanne Conway, the presidential counselor; Robert Porter, the White House staff secretary; and Richard Baum, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Though concern over the addiction crisis resonates strongly with Trump's core supporters, it could be a rare opportunity for bipartisan cooperation, given its widespread impact. He stressed border protection and "strong law enforcement" as keys to combating the heroin epidemic.

Piles of trash, including thousands of syringes and empty heroin bags, are found at the heroin camp located under the North Second Street overpass, in the Kensington Section of Philadelphia, PA, on July 31, 2017.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that there were almost 35,000 deaths from opioid overdose in 2015, up from over 11,000 in 2002. He continued, "If they don't start, they wont have a problem".

"We need to see more help, we need to see more help from the government, the insurance companies, everyone needs to step up to the plate", she said. Are "young people" supposed to say no to doctors?

In March, the president signed an executive order establishing a commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis.

He also said that, "the administration can do the same sorts of things without declaring an emergency".

"First, [an emergency declaration] lets states and localities that are designated disaster zones to access money in the federal Disaster Relief Fund, just like they could if they had a tornado or hurricane", said Humphreys.

City officials and advocates had praised the commission's report for its emphasis on prevention and treatment - which dovetails with the recommendations produced by the city's own opioid task force. But aides said current resources are adequate to deal with the crisis.

The White House says it is still reviewing the recommendations in the report. After all, each day lost in fighting the epidemic produces an additional 142 overdose deaths.

KEITH: Yeah. And the commission was talking about treatment whereas the president has been talking about enforcement. The report urged Trump to broaden treatment availability by supporting the elimination of a Medicaid provision that prohibits federal money from going to residential mental health and substance-use facilities with more than 16 beds. "But that's a big change of practice, and a culture change". And the Garden State, like many states across the country, has been hit particularly hard.

He said, "It's desperate out here".


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