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Here is what Trump's opioid declaration means for health IT

Here is what Trump's opioid declaration means for health IT

A move for supplementary funding is expected to be a part of an end-of-the-year budget deal, which the Trump administration will have to negotiate with leaders on Capitol Hill.

Trump made similar comments during his speech on the opioid crisis at the White House Thursday.

Opioid overdoses caused more deaths in MI previous year than vehicle crashes.

"Effective today my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law", the president said Thursday. "It's a national emergency", Trump said at the time.

Some were disappointed he didn't use the Stafford Act mechanism to fight the problem because it would have made more money available.

The declaration does not come with specific funding, but officials say it will allow changes such as expended access to medical services in rural areas.

The declaration follows a bombshell report from The Washington Post and CBS News' "60 Minutes" implicating multiple members of Congress in the passage of a bill that significantly weakened the Drug Enforcement Agency's enforcement capabilities in the opioid crisis in favor of lobbying by pharmaceutical companies. A statement from Christie said the commission will give Trump "an even more comprehensive set of recommendations" to fight opioids in a report to be issued November 1.

Opioids range from heroin to prescription pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin. They said any national resources and attention that could be devoted to the issue will help save lives. Two other Granite State leaders, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic Sen.

The president had said as early as August he would be declaring a "national emergency", which many interpreted as his commitment to authorize a presidential emergency under the Stafford Act or the National Emergencies Act. "This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs - just not to take them", Trump said.

The move allows for some limited steps, such as allowing patients in rural parts of the country to access medication for addiction treatment through telemedicine, but will not make any additional federal money available to confront a crisis that past year killed more than 64,000 Americans.

Sununu issued a press statement following the announcement, in which he praised Trump's efforts as the first president to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.


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