Trump rejects call to declare opioid epidemic a national emergency

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"Most national emergencies that have been declared in the area of public health emergency have been focused on a specific area, a time-limited problem either infectious disease or a specific threat to public health", he said. The overdose death toll in 2016 is believed to have topped 59,000, more than peak deaths from auto crash deaths, HIV or firearms. That points to the need to expand treatment for people who are already addicted to opioids, experts say.

The meeting, held at the president's private golf course in Bedminster, NJ, came in the wake of a report issued that morning from the National Center for Health Statistics showing that USA drug overdose deaths continue to skyrocket.

Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society.

"Federal drug prosecutions have gone down in recent years". He also the average sentence length for a convicted federal drug offender decreased by 20 percent from 2009 to 2016.

"We don't want people to feel afraid of going and seeking help and calling in the middle of an emergency", she says.

"Where it's really starting is in our doctors' offices and hospitals", Christie said.




"The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control", the interim report concludes.

Additionally, a state of emergency could also be leveraged to increase resources for law enforcement to shut down pill mills and catch dealers in communities. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order May 3 that fast-tracked the delivery of $27 million in federal grant funding for prevention, treatment and recovery services. The Trump administration has no plan to fight the epidemic, and on Tuesday they didn't even pretend to have one. In the report, Fox News cited a new study from the University of Virginia that shows deaths from opioid overdoses might have been underreported. Some states have considered adding opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, although lawmakers have said there's still not enough evidence to justify it. "The opioid epidemic we are facing is unparalleled".

President Donald Trump waves as he departs the White House Friday en route to his New Jersey country club for vacation.

In a brief meeting with reporters afterward, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price indicated that the administration doesn't intend to act on what Christie said was the most important recommendation of the commission - declaring the opioid abuse a national public health emergency. "The healthcare challenge across the country is not dead", Price said.

President Donald Trump yesterday vowed that the US will fight and win the battle against the deadly opioid epidemic but stopped short of declaring it a national emergency as a White House Commission recommended last week.

Bill Piper, senior director for the Drug Policy Alliance, told CNN Tuesday that stricter enforcement "has never worked" and the President would be "better focusing on the treatment side of things".

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