President Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national emergency and with that declaration comes the ability to offer federal and state agencies more money and resources to combat what Trump calls a “serious problem.”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 8, 2017
Speaking outside his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said, “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. 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. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”
President Donald J. Trump Directs Administration to Use All Appropriate Authority to Respond to Opioid Emergency: https://t.co/lEjSl9cr9N
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 10, 2017
The White House later issued a statement, saying, “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.”
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled since 1999.