Trump officially declares opioid epidemic a national emergency

by Josh SiegelDonal
August 11, 2017

President Trump on Thursday officially directed his administration to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.

“Building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic,” Trump said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., that his administration was drawing up the paperwork to make the national emergency declaration.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” he said. “It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis … We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • tim says:

    what needs to be done is legalizing marijuana across the board that is the only thing that has helped with my pain I am on morphine and codeine 4 times a day and it barely puts a dent in the pain when I asked if there was something other than these 2 drugs I was told no and if I said my pain is over 7 “THEY”(whoever they are)would take away those meds because they are not working and I would be SOL

  • Wilbor Gavin says:

    We had the same problem in the 60’s and 70’s with uppers and downers. The advent of look alike pills of superior quality with no narcotics in them killed that trend. Dope heads are going to be dope heads. They will find something to get them high. The real problem there is so much money in it that our politicians, business personell makes to much money protecting the illegal drug market, and pushing for legalization to make them more money.

  • TAM44 says:

    Wonder how much money obama makes on these drug sales?

  • Tiger says:

    Did you guys know that when Obama took office he stopped our soldiers from destroying the poppy fields? That is 8 years of a busy business so another thank you and middle finger salute to the O. In 2009 Putin asked O to help destroy the poppy fields and stop the epidemic.

    U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town – The New York Times 20, 2010 – American Marines in an opium poppy field in Marja, Afghanistan, last month. … pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest. … resisted all-out American pressure to stop opium production. … That would institute a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward the cultivators …

    Russia to U.S.: Destroy Afghan poppies – World news – Europe ……/russia-urges-us-destroy-afghan-opium-crop/Sep 23, 2009 – Russia urges U.S. to destroy Afghan opium crop … large-scale eradication of poppy fields in Afghanistan, an effort that critics … week, the Obama administration should use the kind of aerial spraying of … Instead of eradication, the U.S. is now helping farmers plant alternate crops, destroying drug labs, trying …

  • David E Blankinship Sr says:

    I for one, hope this incentive will actually focus on real solutions rather than the inane solution enacted by the Obama bunch. What is actually gained by changing the dispensing of opiates from prescription for 30 days to 28 days???

    Only things I can think of: first, someone was attempting to promote his/her vast knowledge of addiction and “cure” (lol) or 2, gives the drug companies and insurance companies an additional “month” each year for billing purposes, etc.

    In any case, it did absolutely NOTHING!!! But to the Elite, it looked good. God save us from these Liberal Idiots.

    I truly hope President Trump and his advisers can actually arrive at a REAL attempt to allieviate this current tragedy among our youth.

  • bobnstuff says:

    Now lets see if our government puts its money where its mouth is. Talk is cheap and Congress has been talking about this problem now for some time. Lets hope having the President come out about it will do something. Maybe making it a national emergency will work, If it does then there are other things killing even more people they could also do the same thing with but Congress needs to get their act together on this one.

    1. Chris Robinette says:

      The government caused the problem!! When the demand of every physician and hospital to treat any and ALL complaints of pain using the 10 point “subjective pain scale it took the decision away from the physicians and forced all to “TREAT” the SUBJECTIVE” pain with whatever the “PATIENT” says is working. Result MORE opioids are being prescribed. When a patient states his pain is a “10” while he is jumping rope, he will be given a narcotic for his “SUBJECTIVE” pain.

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