Conquering the National Opioid Crisis

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President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency on Thursday but requested no additional funding for it, freeing up only two cents in funding for each person affected.

But the president stopped short of declaring a more sweeping national state of emergency that would have given states access to funding from the federal Disaster Relief Fund, just as they would be following a tornado or hurricane.

Marsh said, "We do need ongoing help from the federal government".

While states like West Virginia, Ohio and New Hampshire have carved out unenviable reputations in the headlines as bastions of prescription painkiller abuse, California has hardly been spared the ravages of this public-health crisis: more than 183,000 deaths in the state from 1999 through 2015 have been attributed to the epidemic. Those limits could also be adjusted under a national emergency declaration. Deaths caused by opioid overdose have almost quadrupled since 1999, which is why Mr. Trump said he was making addiction a top priority.

26 declaration that the opioid crisis is a federal health emergency, without allocating additional dollars to address the issue, may ultimately result in a cut to spending on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatments, some experts fear. "We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic".

By law, federal Medicaid dollars can not go to facilities that treat mental illness or substance use disorders if they have more than 16 beds, a policy that dates to a time when federal officials did not want to be in the practice of reimbursing state psychiatric hospitals.

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Thursday during an event to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency.

"This announcement makes me grateful that advocates for funding Opioid disorder treatments were heard, but bitterly disappointed that the solution was to play musical chairs with already stretched funds for general health initiatives", said Curtin in a written statement.

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"I learned because of Fred; I learned", Trump said.

Under Thursday's declaration, treatment would be made more accessible for abusers of prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl, while ensuring fewer delays in staffing the Department of Health and Human Services to help states grapple with the crisis.

"President Trump's emergency order is a good first step; however, more will be needed", Morrisey said.

"To fully respond to this American crisis, we must use every tool at our disposal", he said.

The president did not declare a more comprehensive national state of emergency as recommended by his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

In his remarks, Trump said the U.S. Postal Service and Department of Homeland Security were "strengthening the inspection of packages coming into our country to hold back the flood of cheap and deadly fentanyl, a synthetic opioid manufactured in China".

"Our communities need federal funding and resources to fight this epidemic", she said.