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that such policies do nothing to curb drug addiction, President Trump’s administration has, so far at least, adopted outdated “drug war” rhetoric.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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