Opioid Crisis a public health emergency: Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – United States president Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon declared the opioid crisis which is killing more than 100 people each day a national public health emergency.

 

Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Trump said the crisis required all Americans to join hands to effectively confront and combat the crisis.

 

“Addressing it will require all of our effort, and it will require us to confront the crisis in all of its real complexity,” he said.

 

“As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue,” Trump continued. “It is time to liberate our communities from the scourge. We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.”

 

The US president said urgent and superior solutions should be put together with immediate effect and put the opioid crisis to a dead end, once and for all.

 

The acting secretary of health and human services Eric Hargan on Thursday received an order from the president to declare a nationwide public health emergency.

 

Hargan was also ordered to direct all federal agencies in the United States to use any emergency authorities they have in combating and reducing the number of opioid overdose deaths.

 

A nationwide public health emergency was lastly called in 2009 by the then US president, Barack Obama in response to the H1N1 influenza virus.

 

The emergency will last 90 days but can be repeatedly renewed.

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