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What Declaring Opioid Crisis as a National Emergency Means

The country will put a lot of resources into battling the crisis

   

The opioid crisis has been declared a national emergency by President Donald Trump.

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The POTUS made the announcement at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “It’s a national emergency,” he said. “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.”

Trump proclaimed that the U.S. will win the war against the drug epidemic that has been ravaging the country in recent years as anxiety and depression rates also continue to rise. He added that the problem is unlike any this country’s ever faced.

During his youth, Trump’s generation imbibed in drugs like LSD, he noted, but the problem was not as bad as what’s been happening for the last four or five years. “And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem.”

Direct funds will be provided for treatment facilities to expand their services, while police officers will be equipped with naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose.

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