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.”
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.
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.