Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

Speaking to reporters this week, President Donald Trump indicated he is preparing to declare the growing opioid epidemic a “national emergency.” By declaring the epidemic an emergency, Trump promised “to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.” The Trump Administration is reportedly still drafting paperwork to declare the national emergency, a first of its kind at the federal level for a non-communicable health condition.

Recall recently the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended that the president immediately declare a national emergency as part of its draft interim report. As a result, President Trump formally directed his Administration to “use all appropriate authority” to respond to the growing opioid epidemic according to a statement released this week from the White House. Additional materials and details related to the pending national emergency are expected at a future date.