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What President Trump's Public Health Emergency Declaration Means for the Opioid Crisis

What President Trump's Public Health Emergency Declaration Means for the Opioid Crisis

Shortly after, Acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan issued a public health emergency declaration on the opioid crisis, creating additional avenues to address the epidemic.

Scrutinizing packages entering the country that could contain addictive drugs like fentanyl, which is often mailed to the United States from China.

Emily Spencer, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, also touted those efforts, which she said are starting to yield results.

Manchin applauded numerous aspects of the president's plan, including expanding telemedicine, improving childhood education about substance use, helping recovering addicts find jobs and increasing access to treatment beds.

"The opioid epidemic has affected more than 2 million Americans nationwide, and sadly the number continues to rise...."

While much of the country has been mired in an opioid crisis for the past several years, the problem has been particularly acute in ME, which has seen a high rate of consumption of prescription opioid painkillers. Steele provided a list of accomplishments, including strengthening opioid prescribing limits, increasing funding for medication assisted treatment and creating a new treatment model called opioid health homes.

Dr. Clay Marsh, vice president and executive dean for health sciences at West Virginia University, said, "However you interpret the level of severity of this problem, as an emergency or urgent issue, it doesn't reduce the reality that West Virginia leads the country in opioid death". Several states have sued opioid manufacturers for deceptive marketing.

"This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs", Mr. Trump said, "it's really, really easy not to take them".

The opioid commission's chairman, New Jersey Gov Chris Christie, applauded Trump's actions, saying on Twitter that Trump is "doing what we asked of him".

"Those approvals will come very, very fast", Trump said.

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Other officials in OH, which has the highest prescription opioid overdose rate in the country, according to statistics compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, watched Trump's speech with great interest. "They're bad", he said. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction, never been this way.

"Today's declaration prioritizes the urgency of this epidemic for the federal government and will ultimately help ME and our local communities more effectively fight this crisis", he said.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who attended Trump's speech, said he hopes the initiative will lead to "a better coordinated federal response to this crisis".

His directive does not on its own release any additional funds to deal with a drug crisis that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016, and the president did not request any, although his aides said he would soon do so.

Here is what the declarations mean for health IT.

"We want them to get help that they need", said President Trump.

The move comes almost three months after Trump's opioid epidemic commission in July said that the president should "d$3 eclare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act".

He also said he would act to suspend a rule that prevents Medicaid from funding many drug rehabilitation facilities.

"I know many families will welcome the lifeline of funding and resources that real action will bring", Kaptur said.

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