August 2, 2017

Question of the Week — Will President Trump Declare the Opioid Crisis to Be a National Emergency?

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

On Monday, the Official Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a preliminary report on the national opioid epidemic. The Commission, led by beleaguered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, recommended that President Trump immediately declare the rising incidence of drug addiction and death to be a national emergency. Such a declaration would free up federal funds to combat the disease. The Commission’s other recommendations include expanding drug treatment options under Medicaid and protecting Good Samaritans who call authorities about an overdose victim. 

The Commission’s preliminary findings are notably at odds with President Trump’s Department of Justice’s tough on crime approach to drug use. Despite decades of evidence that such policies do nothing to curb drug addiction, President Trump’s administration has, so far at least, adopted outdated “drug war” rhetoric. Thus the Commission’s public health approach to the opioid crisis may be a tough sell for the White House.

What do you think? Will President Trump Declare the Opioid Crisis to Be a National Emergency?

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One Response to “Question of the Week — Will President Trump Declare the Opioid Crisis to Be a National Emergency?

  1. To get rid of the problem you have to deal with the physicians, they will prescribe your medication as long as you want. I don’t know if they are in with the drug companies or not, but I know first hand how easy it is to get addicted, I’ve been there. Luckily I recognized my dependency on these drugs and worked with my doctor to slowly ease me off. He was surprised I wanted to get off, he said most of his patients want higher doses. Believe me it was hard because it is more physically challenging than mental.