President Trump officially declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, after neglecting to do so in a speech on August 8th about an interim White House commission report on the issue. The declaration was the commission’s main recommendation and may free up additional federal funds for prevention of treatment of opioid addiction. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”
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