Trump to de­clare opi­oid cri­sis a ‘na­tional emer­gency’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

BED­MIN­STER, N.J. — 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.’’

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