Trump Declares the Opioid Crisis a ‘Public Health Emergency’

The New York Times – President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday afternoon. “No part of our society — not young or old, rich or poor, urban or rural — has been spared this plague of drug addiction and this horrible, horrible situation that’s taken place with opioids,” said Trump. Officials said a public health emergency declaration would “quickly lead to crucial changes, including the potential to secure federal grant money and the expansion of access to telemedicine services, which would broaden the reach of treatment to rural areas ravaged by opioid use and where doctors are often in short supply.”

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