Belatedly, Trump declares opioid crisis a "national emergency"

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A drug commission convened by Trump and led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently called on Trump to declare a national emergency to help deal with the growing crisis. (White House officials didn't offer any specifics when asked.) But generally, an emergency declaration could open up a bit of funding - maybe a few hundred million - and some regulatory waivers that will allow, say, Medicaid to take new action to cover treatment or perhaps let the administration negotiate down prices for the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency", Trump said to reporters from his Bedminster, N.J., golf course.

The article you are attempting to read is part of our free Premium Media Services, offering original content for the workers' compensation community. "It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had", he said.

Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia have some of the nation's highest rates of overdose deaths due to heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone.

In 2015, more than 52,000 people in the USA died of drug overdoses, about two-thirds of which were linked to opioids.

She hopes it will mean more funding for resources aimed at prevention, treatment and recovery services in Wisconsin communities, and that care for people struggling with the risky drugs last longer.

"To me it's an important step, [but] there need to be many steps after this", said Dr. Bradley Stein, a psychiatrist and senior physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. Experts have told me that it will likely require tens of billions in new funding a year to get a full grip over the opioid epidemic.

It also means that certain federal rules are temporarily waived. The president plans to draw up documents formalizing the pronouncement in the near future. "And you look at opiate abuse and addiction, and its impact on communities, it's really going to be a long term problem, and we need long term solutions", Moore explained.

The study of more than 1,200 people also found just under six in 10 people think Republicans and Democrats should be working together to improve health law.

"This is a public health epidemic and one that is uniquely American", Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, wrote in 2016. For example, currently, Medicaid can't be used to reimburse treatments at psychiatric facilities, where some people with opioid disorder receive treatment, Stein said. "We're not going to arrest our way out of this epidemic", he warned.