Trump held 'major briefing' on opioid crisis

Opinion Election of Trump Reveals Cultural Divide and Flaws in Our Democratic System

Opinion Election of Trump Reveals Cultural Divide and Flaws in Our Democratic System

In October 2012, Obama signed federal emergency disaster declarations from more than half a dozen states affected by Hurricane Sandy.

You can read the latest comments from Price and Conway here. And deaths from drug overdoses rose sharply in the first nine months of 2016, the government reported Tuesday.

In 2015 alone, approximately 35,000 people died of heroin or opioid overdoses, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

A formal declaration of a public health emergency - or a presidential emergency declaration - would give the administration additional powers to waive health regulations, pay for treatment programs, and make overdose-reversing drugs more widely available.

Jose Benitez, the executive director of Prevention Point, the needle exchange and advocacy program that serves people suffering from addiction in Kensington, said before Mr. Trump's remarks on Tuesday that he had been encouraged by the report after years of tough-on-crime federal drug policy.

President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that the way to avoid opioid addiction is never to start in the first place: "If they don't start, they won't have a problem".

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Asked about the renewed emphasis on law and order in dealing with the crisis, including from President Trump himself, Christ says she does see an important role for law enforcement in addressing the illegal supply of drugs. So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to the youths and telling them: "'No good, really bad for you in every way.' But if they don't start, it will never be a problem". The reality, experts say, is a solution to the problem could be in how doctors prescribe addictive drugs like hydrocodone, OxyContin and Percocet. Price, briefing reporters at a hotel about 15 minutes away from Trump's golf course, said numerous report's recommendations for increased funding and attention can be accomplished without such a declaration, which is normally reserved for a natural disaster such as a hurricane or for a more focused public health problem such as an infectious disease outbreak.

Price has a point.

That's one reason why many in Congress are pushing for more federal funding now to help with long-term treatment. Question: What opioid, addiction, or public health policy expertise does Kushner have? Mr. Rosenberg is a close ally of James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump fired as F.B.I. director in May, and previously worked for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating ties between Mr. Trump's team and Russian Federation. It would expand the reach of Medicaid to higher-level treatment facilities and would greenlight the use of more experimental and controversial methods of battling addiction.

Amid consideration of the severity of the country's drug epidemic, a member of President Donald Trump's administration has announced that the president will not declare a state of emergency regarding the nationwide opioid crisis.

But aides said current resources are adequate to deal with the crisis. "Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society". 'I will be holding a major briefing on the Opioid crisis, a major problem for our country, today at 3:00 Bedminster, N.J.,' Trump wrote.

Trump did not address any of the recommendations. "The president understands the magnitude of this challenge", Price said.

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