Presidential Commission Adopts Final Opioid Crisis Report
On Thursday this week, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis finalized its report to the Trump Administration. The report consists of 56 recommendations—ranging from opioid prescribing practices, prevention and treatment services, law enforcement tactics, and funding mechanisms—and focuses on federal, state, and local actions. Notably, the report did not include how much funding would be needed to implement its recommendations. The commission instead provided ideas for how federal money should be allocated to states and urged Congress to “appropriate sufficient funds” to support its recommendations.
The report finalized by the commission comes on the heels of President Trump’s public health emergency declaration last week. In a press statement, the White House announced its plans to review the recommendations of the commission and determine ways in which the Administration can address the nationwide opioid crisis.