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President Trump said he is drafting paperwork to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, according to a White House pool report. "We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

A drug commission convened by President Trump recently called for a national emergency declaration to help deal with the opioid crisis.

Monday morning he took to Twitter to tell the public he's, "Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation".

While large amounts of heroin have been brought from Mexico in the past decade, and New Hampshire has been hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, on Monday it became the latest state to sue the makers of OxyContin for fueling the crisis with its marketing tactics in the 1990s.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency".

And of course, Trump didn't pass up the opportunity to try to discredit the Justice Department investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Trump said his administration was in the process of writing it.

Ryan, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus was one of the several lawmakers to sign a letter calling on the President to declare the epidemic a national emergency. We need a national focus on this epidemic. It would also put pressure on Congress to provide more funding. "But this is going to give us the help that we need", Wells said.

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Declaring a national emergency was the first recommendation of the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in an interim report that the Gov. Chris Christie-led group issued last month.

Yet, too few medical practitioners offer this treatment, in part, because of low reimbursement rates and rules restricting treatment options, including time limits on treatment.

He said the country has grappled with drug problems before, such as a wave of LSD and other drugs when he was growing up.

"There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years", continued Trump Thursday.

Changing the rule, which Beck called a "federal disincentive to fund treatment", would allow treatment centers to gain critical funding from Medicaid as well as expand their facilities to become more cost-efficient.

But Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would have eliminated a mandate that requires Medicaid to cover addiction services. The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and vehicle crashes combined, the report states.

"The opioid epidemic we are facing is unparalleled".

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