Opioid crisis is a national emergency, says Donald Trump

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Governor Charlie Baker, who serves on the national commission that recommended the emergency declaration, said through a spokeswoman that "federal support at all levels is critical to combating the epidemic". Discouragingly, the impact of inadequate funding will be immediately felt if the Commission's number one recommendation is enacted - the declaration of a national public health emergency.

"I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency", Trump said.

The median rate for drug overdose deaths in counties that voted for Trump is 16.9 per 100,000 people, compared to 13.6 per 100,000 in counties that turned out for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2013-2015.

Discussing the crisis, Mercer said, "Definitely we have been hit hard here". "There are too few resources even in Boston", she said. "You wouldn't hesitate in calling when someone has a heart attack". In 2016, under President Barack Obama, Congress approved $1 billion in funding over two years to help states fight the epidemic, but deaths from drug overdoses are continuing to rise.

"If they don't start, they won't have a problem", he told reporters.

Donald Trump spoke to pool reporters at his New Jersey golf club on Thursday about the semantics of "fire and fury", why his party's highest-ranking congressman is a disgrace, and the good old days of LSD.

Declaring a public health emergency makes the opioid epidemic the government's top priority, infusing much-needed cash into hard-hit areas and bolstering resources. He also called for more law enforcement and prosecution of drug offenders.

Christie issued a statement thanking Trump for action. We're going to be bringing them up and bringing them up graphically.

On Tuesday Congressman Tim Ryan, a Democrat, called on the White House take action on the epidemic, arguing that the Trump Administration has not done enough.

They are "the gold standards", said David T. Jones, commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. This is a chronic health condition. "Better physician training and more facilitative policies for medication for the treatment of opioid use disorder could reduce mortality with substantial cost savings". There are providers that are experts in treating this disease. He later promised to help people who "are so seriously addicted".

American opioid addicts have told ITV news how they slid into drugs abouse - with many initially getting hooked on legally-prescribed painkillers. Is that the direction you see the national conversation going? "Certainly about five other states have done it and I think it's something that we should consider", he said.

On the other hand, Smith said, "all of those things I just mentioned could be used to further the war on drugs".

In fact, while drug overdoses happen all over the world, the United States leads by a significant margin.

"This crisis is growing and requires an escalated response", Capito said in a release. More federal help is welcome.