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The opioid commission recommended declaring an emergency under the Stafford Act, which is usually reserved for natural disasters, or under the Public Health Service Act, which also activates federal assistance to states but is carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump made the announcement during an appearance Thursday outside his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, where he is on a 17-day vacation. Price said the administration has the resources it needs to combat the epidemic without formally invoking the emergency powers.

Humphreys points out that Congress could have addressed any of these issues legislatively in recent years, and it could have allocated billions in funding for the opioid crisis as well. The president said the best way to avoid opioid addiction is to never use the drug from the beginning. The commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, did not call for the hiring of more police officers or the construction of a border wall to reduce the flow of illegal drugs through Mexico. "This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest". He also called for more law enforcement and prosecution of drug offenders.

Christie applauded Trump's decision in a statement, saying the president "deserves great credit".

Heidinger said she hopes the declaration of a national emergency will allow that recommendation, as well as one that would expand law-enforcement officers' access to an overdose antidote, to move faster. "You shouldn't need to know anything more, if you're the president, to say, 'We must take dramatic actions starting immediately, ' but he chose not to".

Prescription painkillers and heroin contributed to some 60,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, a 19 percent surge over the previous year, according to an estimate compiled by the New York Times.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump is preparing to declare a national emergency on the opioid crisis, following a recommendation made by a White House commission last month. "It takes money to get the beds up and running", Newton said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 142 people die every day from drug overdoses, putting it on par with auto crashes as a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. "It's time for us to get serious about turning the tide of that epidemic".

Donnelly has been a leading voice in the fight against the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic.

According to data from the Missouri Hospital Association, opioid-related inpatient hospital admissions and emergency room visits have more than doubled over the past decade.

The crucial thing an emergency declaration does, he said, is mobilize resources and bring much-needed attention to the problem, especially in getting politicians, leaders and the public on the same page.


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