Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

Daily Mail

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’ and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic.

‘The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency.

‘We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,’ Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer session ahead of a security briefing Thursday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.  

He said he’d be drawing up documents to formalize the declaration soon.

A drug commission convened by Trump and led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently called on Trump to declare a national emergency to help deal with the growing crisis.

An initial report from the commission noted that the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is ‘equal to September 11th every three weeks.’

Trump received a briefing on the report earlier this week during his 17-day working vacation in New Jersey.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price seemed to suggest after that briefing that the president was leaning against the recommendation, arguing that the administration could deploy the necessary resources and attention to deal with the crisis without declaring a national emergency.

Still, Price stressed that ‘all things’ were ‘on the table for the president.’

Trump said Thursday that the nation’s addiction to opioids is ‘a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had.’

He added: ‘When I was growing up they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs.’

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8 thoughts on “Trump declares opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

  1. Heroin is out, Fentanyl is in. Meet the stronger than hell “opioid” high, so strong in fact, that if you touch it, you could die.

    1. They’ve done good with the breaking down of our generations, and families.
      Gonna be one helluva fight.
      Gonna be hard.
      Aint happy about it.
      There is no other choice brother.
      Be effin ready.

  2. ‘‘The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency.”

    “So I’m sending more troops to Afghanistan immediately, to ensure the continuation of this national emergency.”

  3. I was wondering when the opium/ heroin imports from Afghanistan would start causing us problems…. The epidemic and deaths associated with this generation’s monkey on their back us all directly culpable to our criminal cabal communist government political machinations in the middle East. They will all burn brightly on their judgment day.

  4. My first reaction was …aww, did the trumpet not get his morning fix? There just wasn’t enough for him and now he’s getting…sick?

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