Opioid Emergency Declaration

It was slow in coming, and likely to be short on funds and duration, but here are some details about the Trump declaration of an emergency re opioids. Trump to declare health emergency over opioids but no new funds to help.

The president’s announcement of an emergency over the opioid epidemic may be more symbolic, with no plan to assign money for state’s proposed measures

Donald Trump is to order his health secretary to declare a public health emergency in response to the US’s escalating opioid epidemic. But while the announcement that the president intends to “mobilise his entire administration” to combat the crisis will be seen as an important symbolic moment, there will be no new funds to deal with an epidemic claiming 100 lives or more a day.

America’s opioid crisis: how prescription drugs sparked a national trauma
Aggressive marketing of painkillers made from opium poppy led to a generation of addicts and The declaration, which follows a report from the president’s opioid commission recommending he proclaim an emergency, is for 90 days and can be renewed.

Update:  From the latest issue of Domestic Preparedness, this article: Implications of the Opioid Crisis During Disaster Response, by Dawn Thomas

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