Trump declares opioid crisis a 'public health emergency' (Report)



President Trump on Thursday declared the widespread opioid epidemic crippling American communities a public health emergency, vowing to fight the scourge “on all fronts.”

“This is a worldwide problem,” Trump said. “Addressing it will require all of our effort.”

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The president added that “not one part of American society has been spared this.”

The president stopped short of calling it a national emergency, something he previously promised he’d do. The announcement follows months of debate on how to tackle the growing problem.

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Trump himself has gone on record more than once saying he would declare the crisis a national emergency. Such a designation would allow states to tap into the same federal funds typically reserved for natural disasters like hurricanes through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. 

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