Trump to declare opioid crisis a 'national emergency'

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"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency", Trump said to reporters from his Bedminster, N.J., golf course.

But while the Trump administration prepares the presidential order, governors in six states have already declared emergencies to deal with opioids.

"As I said in my inaugural address, I see the opioid epidemic as a public health and public safety crisis in Vermont, and recognize other states are experiencing a similar impact".

This follows the recommendations in the interim report from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, the release states.

"And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem", Mr. Trump said Thursday.

Karen Morgan with Addiction Campuses talked about what the declaration does to help fix the problem.

According to the report, 142 people die every day from opioid overdoses, or the equivalent of the number of September 11, 2001, fatalities every three weeks.

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"We need to look at a continuum of care, and not just 21 days or 28 days, it isn't enough", Moore said.

By declaring a state of emergency, the report says, Trump could empower Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to grant waivers in lieu of legislation. When a loved one has overdosed on opioids, the wait can feel like an eternity.

Telemedicine prescribing of anti-addiction medicines is especially important as a means of responding to the opioid epidemic as there are more patients in need of treatment than there are providers available in-person to treat. Telemedicine could make a big difference in getting patients access to treatment faster, saving lives.

Numerous officials NBC5 spoke to are also pulling for education on opiates and addiction to be pushed out to schools and communities across the nation.

The administration can declare an emergency in two ways: through the Stafford Act or through the Public Health Service Act, and each of these laws could help in different ways, Stein said. "We can get them into treatment", De Carolis said.

"The issue with looking at things as a national emergency or national crisis is that numerous times these are short term fixes. So if we can keep them from going on-and maybe by talking to youth and telling them 'No good, really bad for you in every way.' But if they don't start, it will never be a problem". Medicaid funds, for example, have less restrictions. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced that Virginia would be receiving more than $9 million from the Department of Health to battle the epidemic.