Opioid Makers Buffeted by Trump's Declaration of Addiction Crisis

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The biggest impediment to many of these recommendations is that they run counter to the Trump administration's rhetoric about substance abuse and medical care.

The willingness to declare a national emergency is a change from earlier in the week, when after briefing the president on the administration's response to the opioid crisis, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said declaring a public health emergency was usually reserved for "time-limited" problems such as the Zika outbreak.

"Our citizens are dying", the bipartisan commission wrote in its report to the president.

"I think thanks to some of the reporting that has been done that we've seen in the last couple of weeks, there's a little bit more awareness of where we ended up in the budget in the drug abuse and mental health area", Latvala said. He said that right now we need to focus is that Opioid crises can be solved without a declaration of an emergency.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency", Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

On August 10th President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency stating his administration is drafting papers to make it official. It is unclear what Trump's declaration will mean for a complex, long-term public health problem.

President Trump announced Thursday that America's opioid crisis will become a "national emergency". And he used his authority to declare an emergency in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. It could also relax certain licensing requirements or regulations limiting the number of patients a provider can help. A state of emergency can't be declared via a Trump tweet.

They've increased access to treatment and overdose-reversing drugs like naloxone, while encouraging doctors to find other ways to treat pain, since many opioid addicts start out on prescription drugs before turning to illicit sources. Numbers for the past year aren't yet available, but they're expected to be the worst on record. Getting people into treatment, the correct treatment, has been a barrier. If HHS waived that rule, then Medicaid beneficiaries might find it easier to get treatment.

"I think it's long overdue, much needed and hopefully it will provide some relief not only to law enforcement but to treatment facilities", Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said. Last year, lawmakers passed a law to address addiction issues but refused to include $1.1 billion that President Barack Obama requested to expand treatment programs. But in an emergency, Section 1135 waivers could be granted for opioid addiction treatment, opening up more treatment options for the states.

"The opioid crisis is an emergency".

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