Trump also has called for tougher law enforcement, including locking up more drug dealers after what he said was a decline in drug-related prosecutions since 2011, and more aggressive policing at United States borders to stop the import of heroin and synthetic opioids. For example, allocating more money to help pay for treatment and providing greater access to overdose-reversing drugs, like Naloxone. There's never been anything like whats happened to this country over the last four or five years.
The White House commission examining the nation's opioid epidemic had told Trump last week that declaring a national public health emergency would be an immediate help in combating the ongoing crisis. This is happening worldwide. That money could potentially be used to ramp up law enforcement and addiction treatment to fight the crisis.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., plans to make a statement when the emergency is officially declared, but a representative with his office said he is "encouraged" by Trump's announcement.
The opioid crisis is an emergency.
Trump made it known exactly where he stood Thursday: "This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest". "The average American would likely be shocked to know that drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and vehicle crashes combined".
"I'm glad the president is stepping up and declaring a national emergency", Newtown police Chief Tom Synan said. He reiterated this point from his "working vacation" just days ago: "The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place". He also called for more law enforcement and prosecution of drug offenders.
Trump must do far more, and challenge his own assumptions along the way. - President Trump in a series of tweets on Monday morning, pumping up the base.
Advocates say that the opioid commission's recommendations reflect a dire need to treat the opioid overdose crisis as a health issue and not a criminal issue.
Gerrie Stanhope, president of No Longer Silent, a Manatee County group dedicated to giving a voice to drug overdose victims and their family members, has seen the hold the drugs take on the community firsthand and was glad to hear the emergency has been declared.
Declaring an emergency could allow states and cities that are hard hit by the opioid crisis to receive federal disaster relief funds and other types of urgent aid, just as they do after hurricanes or tornadoes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.