Belatedly, Trump declares opioid crisis a "national emergency"

Belatedly, Trump declares opioid crisis a

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price seemed to suggest after that briefing that the president was leaning against the recommendation, arguing that the administration could deploy the necessary resources and attention to deal with the crisis without declaring a national emergency. They range from Alaska and Arizona in the West to Florida, Virginia, Maryland and MA in the East. If somebody else uttered the exact same words that I uttered, they'd say, "What a great statement, what a wonderful statement".

"It's definitely time to move beyond talking and move to action", Moore said. Stamp comes to the job with a background as an emergency manager and compares this effort to the state's response to a hurricane.

"We believe that, at this point, that the resources we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis at this point can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency, although all things are on the table for the president", Price said, according to NYT.

Officials in Virginia declared a health emergency for opioid addiction in the Commonwealth in November of 2016. Then-Gov. Deval Patrick acted on the recommendations of a special task force, says Michael Barnett, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"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.

Making naloxone freely available and putting it in the hands of more people has helped save lives.

National emergency declarations are usually saved for natural disasters or the outbreak of infectious diseases like the Zika virus, according to The New York Times. "This is the biggest public health epidemic of a generation".

"This is a crisis that is gripping our state, it is impacting many facets", Baldwin said.

In Florida, the emergency declaration issued in May enabled Gov. Rick Scott to quickly allocate some $27 million in federal funds for drug treatment and prevention.

But that comment - and the idea people can avoid addiction by never taking opioids in the first place - goes against a series of scientific studies that found many people get hooked on opioids after their doctor prescribes them painkillers.

He said it's one like the country has never seen before.

Despite the emergency declaration, Florida, unlike some other states, hasn't tapped Medicaid to help pay for drug treatment. "I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem".