Trump's Declaration On Opioid Abuse Lacks Federal Funding

Trump Will Finally — Finally — Declare A Public Health Emergency Over The Opioid Crisis

"No part of our society - not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural - has been spared this plague of drug addiction and this frightful, terrible situation that's taken place with opioids", Trump said at a ceremony in the White House East Room attended by families affected by opioid abuse, members of Congress and administration officials.

"We are going to overcome addiction in America", the president said.

The opioid epidemic killed 64,000 Americans in 2016, prompting Trump to call it the "worst drug crisis in our nation's history". "People start taking these opioids for physical pain but they also ease mental pain and are very addictive".

While much of the country has been mired in an opioid crisis for the past several years, the problem has been particularly acute in ME, which has seen a high rate of consumption of prescription opioid painkillers.

Kessler noted that the declaration doesn't call for any funding to be made available to implement emergency protocols and that the longer fight will be keeping the public aware of the issue, training medical professionals and keeping Medicaid funded. Reiterating a need for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, Trump said 90% of heroin comes from south of the border.

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The national public health emergency declaration is effective immediately and directs Eric Hargan, the acting secretary of Health and Human Services, to waive restrictions and delays for distributing federal grant money.

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D. says, "We do not know specifically how this declaration will impact Georgia".

To combat the epidemic, the president said the government would produce "really tough, really big, really great advertising" aimed at persuading Americans not to start using opioids in the first place, seeming to hark back to the "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign led by Nancy Reagan in the 1980s.

"In Ohio, we lose at least 14 people every day to opioid overdoses", said a statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican candidate for governor next year. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction, never been this way.

The president had said as early as August he would be declaring a "national emergency", which many interpreted as his commitment to authorize a presidential emergency under the Stafford Act or the National Emergencies Act.

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Critics believe the President should have treated it as a national emergency, which would have treated opioid abuse more in the vein of a natural disaster, enlisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "A large part of recovery and becoming a contributing member of society is finding meaningful employment and President Trump's expansion of the Dislocated Workers Grants will help people who are struggling to find work due to their disorder, which works with the goals of my Clean Start Act". "Until those treatments are easier to access than heroin or fentanyl, overdose deaths will remain at record-high levels". "I look forward to seeing the final recommendations of the president's opioid commission in the coming weeks".

"Today's declaration prioritizes the urgency of this epidemic for the federal government and will ultimately help ME and our local communities more effectively fight this crisis", he said.

But it does not mean there will be more money to combat the crisis.

The President stopped short of his promise to declare a national state of emergency, which would have given states access to funding from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.

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