Trump received a briefing on the report earlier this week during his 17-day working vacation in New Jersey.
In a statement, the National League of Cities said the epidemic has "long warranted the status of a national health emergency", and said they welcomed the federal government's involvement. "We must act boldly to stop it".
President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency Thursday, a designation that would offer states and federal agencies more resources and power to combat the epidemic. (Money from the DRF is usually used to help states respond to natural disasters like hurricanes.) It could also result in the deployment of medical staff to underserved communities, as well as the training of providers to treat addiction with drugs such as methadone.
An initial report from the commission said that the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll was "equal to September 11 every three weeks".
Is the opioid crisis an emergency, and if so, why haven't you made a declaration?
In Thursday's briefing, Trump said, "It is a serious problem, the likes of which we've never had".
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Trader reaction to company earnings also contributed to the slide on Wall Street, which had been trading in record territory. Worries about increased U.S. "As long as it doesn't go beyond just a war of words, this is going to be short-lived".
He said the country has grappled with drug problems before, such as a wave of LSD and other drugs when he was growing up. I think what's so challenging about the opioid epidemic in the United States is that most people never meant to try what they consider to be an illicit drug. This is happening worldwide.
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. Her state had nearly 800 opioid-related deaths previous year, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency. The state is suing five pharma companies for flooding the state with prescription painkillers that gave rise to the state's addiction and overdose crisis. Trump didn't say why the administration had reversed course.
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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has fought for better access to treatment, said he was pleased with the president's decision.
Fentanyl is an opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine that is often mixed into other drugs such as heroin. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. The CDC says opioids are still being given to patients in inappropriate amounts, especially in certain areas.
After President Trump announced his intention to declare a national emergency in response to the opioid crisis, West Virginia's leadership shared their support. "Additional resources from the federal government will help hard-hit states like OH", said DeWine. "It could be very helpful, much more than just symbolic", he said. More federal help is welcome. If the country is facing a grave epidemic, a declaration of emergency isn't going to solve the problem.