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Trump declares opioids public health emergency in US

Trump declares opioids public health emergency in US

"There are a lot of good people that are seeing what's going on and I think we'll be successful in that next week I'm declaring an emergency - a national emergency - on drugs", Trump told Dobbs.

"No part of our society - not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural - has been spared this plague of drug addiction and this disgusting, awful situation that's taken place with opioids", Trump said at a ceremony in the White House East Room attended by families affected by opioid abuse, members of Congress and administration officials. The president credited his brother for warning him of the effects of drinking and said a concerted advertising campaign could keep people from becoming addicted to opioids and other drugs.

While much of the country has been mired in an opioid crisis for the past several years, the problem has been particularly acute in ME, which has seen a high rate of consumption of prescription opioid painkillers.

Although LePage applauded the president's declaration, ME has not issued its own declaration of an emergency, as six other states have done, including Maryland this year.

"After we review and evaluate the commission's findings, I will quickly move to implement an approximate and appropriate recommendation", Trump said.

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

Trump declared the crisis a public health emergency, saying Americans "cannot allow this to continue".

The money is needed to expand treatment for people with substance abuse disorders and to provide more of the antidote naloxone to first responders and the public, Wen said.

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Opioid drugs, whether in prescription painkillers such as Vicodin or illicit heroin, commonly trigger a physical dependence in people who take them for extended periods of time (estimates range from about 5% to 20% of patients being vulnerable), with nearly half of patients who take them for a month still using them a year later, one recent study found. "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction".

Public health officials are hoping the announcement, promised by Trump since August, will shift federal funding for local addiction recovery and overdose prevention efforts to hard hit places.

Critics believe the President should have treated it as a national emergency, which would have treated opioid abuse more in the vein of a natural disaster, enlisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"We will be bringing some very major lawsuits against people and against companies that are hurting our people", Trump said.

Although Trump called the opioid crisis a national emergency over the next month, he did not sign a formal declaration of the designation, and the idea ran into stiff resistance in his administration to making an open-ended commitment of federal funds to deal with an issue that has shown no signs of abating.

Meanwhile, Trump's opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is set to release its final recommendations on November 1. They said the White House would soon send Congress a request for money to combat opioids, with the goal of including it in a year-end spending package.

The order falls short of what the president's own advisory panel called for, and what state health officials were hoping for to address the crisis. The Granite State has the second-highest rate of opioid-related deaths per capita and the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths nationwide.