Trump's Declaration On Opioid Abuse Lacks Federal Funding

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Jerry Craig, head of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board, says funding for job training is encouraging. Although the epidemic is increasingly being driven by heroin and the illicit use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, many people developed addictions after being prescribed opioids by their doctors for legitimate pain treatment - a fact that first lady Melania Trump highlighted as she told stories of people she had met has she has learned more about the epidemic. In March, Trump signed an executive order establishing the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which is headed by Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.

"America is hemorrhaging lives by the day because of the opioid epidemic, but President Trump offered the country a Band-Aid when we need a tourniquet", said Sen.

While much of the country has been mired in an opioid crisis for the past several years, the problem has been particularly acute in ME, which has seen a high rate of consumption of prescription opioid painkillers.

She lauded the president's promise to crack down on drug dealers and to shut down the flow of fentanyl, a powerful narcotic blamed for many overdose deaths.

James Curtin, CEO of addiction rehab network Daytop, which operates eight rehab centers in the state, said that Trump's announcement needs to be accompanied by giving the U.S. Congress the power to give funding to opioid addiction treatment programs.

"This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs", Trump said, "it's really, really easy not to take them". Afterward, he promised several times to declare opioid abuse a "national emergency".

The WVU official said, "It is still our opportunity as a state, as a community, to start to care for these people". White House officials said the public health route was more appropriate because the other option was designed for natural disasters like hurricanes. "We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic". 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. Overdose deaths in ME have climbed at a rate that has been among the highest of any state over the past four years. "They're bad", he said. "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction".

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Officials said a national state of emergency would not have been the best approach for a long-term crisis and would not have provided authorities with resources the government does not already have.

Marsh said, "We do need ongoing help from the federal government".

His directive does not on its own release any additional funds to deal with a drug crisis that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016, and the president did not request any, although his aides said he would soon do so. Some critics, including Democratic lawmakers, said the declaration was meaningless without additional funding.

"We will be bringing some very major lawsuits against people and against companies that are hurting our people", Trump said.

With Trump's declaration, the USA federal government will waive some regulations, give states more flexibility in how they use federal funds and expand the use of telemedicine treatment.

Responding to a growing problem wreaking havoc in rural areas, Trump's declaration will redirect federal resources and loosen regulations to combat opioid abuse, senior administration officials said on a conference call with reporters.

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