Opioid Crisis Declared a National Emergency

August 18, 2017 9:30 am Published by

The opioid epidemic has taken the nation by storm the past several years, as mortality rates due to overdose continue to skyrocket. On August 10th, President Donald Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, hopefully signaling his commitment to combating the growing problem.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency.” Trump announced Thursday in New Jersey. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”

This surprise announcement by Trump, the first national emergency declaration of his presidency, was prompted by the alarming increase in drug-related deaths in the United States. Opioid-related deaths have quadrupled since 1999, claiming the lives of 35,000 Americans in 2015 alone. Each day, addiction to heroin and prescription opioids claims the lives of more and more Americans, with seemingly no end in sight.

Declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency is a promising step in the right direction, as the declaration should allow for a significant allotment of federal dollars to go towards combating the crisis. More funds can be directed towards the expansion of treatment facilities, increasing capacity for the many people who seek treatment for substance abuse. Better funding and access to these treatment programs, as well as waiving federal rules that puts restrictions on certain health care providers, can also be addressed by the administration.

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