The U.S. President, Donald Trump, finally declared a public health emergency over the opioid epidemic. This is critical step undertaken by the government to combat the epidemic.
In a statement issued by the White House, he said “As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue, it is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction.”
This is a critical step undertaken by the U.S. administration towards dealing the epidemic with firm hands. The opioid crisis had claimed over 30,000 lives in the U.S. in 2015.
Trump’s declaration will be effective for 90 days and can be renewed. This will allow the government to redirect resources in various ways. It will also lead to expansion of medical services in the rural areas.
It is worth noticing that the government has no plan to bring in new dollars to fight a scourge.
The administration officials said they would also urge the Congress to add new cash to a public health emergency fund. The negotiation between the two would occur during end-of-the year budget negotiations. The budget that contains$57,000, hasn’t been replenished by the Congress for years.
The step comes nearly three months after the president’s declared the opioid as a national emergency on August 10, 2017. While speaking to the reports in the White House, Trump said that he had a big meeting on opioids and further claimed that declaring it a national emergency gives the government more power to combat it than now.
The president said “If we can teach young people, and people generally, not to start, it’s really, really easy not to take ’em.”
It’s a step taken by previous presidents, such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. These presidents tried to rally the nation to confront drug abuse but fell short to solve the problem.