President Donald Trump has finally declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, a proclamation that would bring the desired urgency to thwart it. An emergency would help states and federal agencies get additional resources and power to deal with the situation. They would experience renewed vigor in putting up a valiant fight against the opioid epidemic.
It took some time for President Trump to take the call and declare the emergency. It was the bipartisan commission, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and formed by Trump himself, which had advised him to declare the opioid crisis “a national emergency” so that ardent steps could be initiated to combat the problem.
In fact, the decision came close on the heels of a declaration made by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a couple of days ago, that is was necessary to accord a national emergency status to the opioid crisis.
Opioid crisis is now officially ‘a national emergency’
In a statement released on Aug 10, 2017, the White House stated, “building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.”
Though he was not sure initially, despite admitting that the opioid mayhem is a serious threat to the population, Trump eventually granted it the status of an emergency. Addressing the media earlier, at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump had said, “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. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had,” he added.
What the ‘emergency’ status would bring to the table
The opioid blitzkrieg had held the entire country to ransom, with millions of people addicted to substances succumbing to drug overdoses, and lack of emergency care and adequate treatment. However, the national emergency status would help find out new methods and ways to combat the problem.
The White House commission examining the country’s opioid epidemic had briefed the President last week, convincing him of the benefits of a national emergency status. The commission said that declaring an emergency would be an immediate help in combating the ongoing crisis. The interim report prepared by the commission said, “Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it. The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency.”
With this declaration, Trump has delivered on one of his key presidential promises, which is to address the crippling opioid crisis in the country. The commission also advised on increasing treatment exposure for people grappling with addiction.
Dealing with addiction
Whether it is an addiction to opioids or any other substance, treatment is the only cure. Timely and adequate treatment exposure would ensure a long-term recovery. One should not shy away from treatment or things can spiral out of hand.
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