What opioid public health emergency declaration means for Pueblo

What opioid public health emergency declaration means for Pueblo

What opioid public health emergency declaration means for Pueblo

"You should expect to see approvals that will unlock treatment for people in need and those approvals will come very very fast, not like in the past, " said the President.

In an address at the White House, Trump said the growing epidemic spares "no part" of the country, promising his administration will spend "lots of money" to find non-addictive painkiller, Xinhua news agency reported. An effective treatment plan needs to be established.

"The President has been focused on addressing the opioid issue since taking office and today's declaration further underscores his recognition of the severity of this issue", the statement read.

"We are going to overcome addiction in America", the president said.

"We can not allow this to continue", Trump said.

Eric Haram, former behavioral health director of the Addiction Resource Center at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick and now a treatment consultant in ME and other states, said the president's remarks Wednesday were light on specifics. "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction". Although the epidemic is increasingly being driven by heroin and the illicit use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, many people developed addictions after being prescribed opioids by their doctors for legitimate pain treatment - a fact that first lady Melania Trump highlighted as she told stories of people she had met has she has learned more about the epidemic. 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. He said it's the worst drug crisis in American history and a problem worldwide. Two other Granite State leaders, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA). "Until those treatments are easier to access than heroin or fentanyl, overdose deaths will remain at record-high levels".

In July, the commission recommended that the president declare a national emergency - either under the Stafford Act, which would have allowed the allocation of Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, or the Public Health Service Act, the option Trump chose. A statement from Christie said the commission will give Trump "an even more comprehensive set of recommendations" to fight opioids in a report to be issued November 1. The commission's final report will feature recommendations to be delivered to the president next week.

Rep. Chellie Pingree of ME, D-1st District, said she didn't see enough specifics from the president Thursday and echoed concerns about adequate funding.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing almost 3,000 local health departments, also expressed disappointment that Trump did not go further and call the crisis a national emergency.

Leana Wen, health commissioner in Baltimore, which has been battling a stubborn opioid epidemic for years, said she is happy that Trump's announcement "is drawing attention" to the drug crisis.

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