Trump Declares the Opioid Crisis a National Emergency
“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now,” Trump said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.” Trump, speaking after a security briefing at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. on Thursday, said his administration is preparing the paperwork for the declaration. Doing so was the most urgent recommendation coming from President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis interim recommendations. This executive action would make the epidemic a top priority and allow the Cabinet to take “bold steps” toward combating drug abuse according to the Commission’s letter. Declaring a national emergency removes some barriers and places urgency behind waiving some federal rules such as the IMD Exclusion rule which prohibits the use of federal funds for Medicaid patients in residential mental health or substance-use disorder treatment centers with more than 16 beds. It would also put pressure on Congress to provide more funding and enhance the administration’s ability to make grants and conduct investigations.
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