"We're going to make it a national emergency", Trump said from his New Jersey golf club.
President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis was a national emergency on Thursday.
"We believe that at this point that the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis at this point can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency", Price said Tuesday, following the meeting.
He told reporters that the current swathe of addictions was on a scale never seen before in the United States, adding that he would shortly prepare documents to formalise the declaration of a national emergency over the issue. As Governor Christie and the interim report stated, the opioid and heroin crisis now takes more Americans every three weeks than the devastating September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Declaring a national emergency could have a few different effects on the opioid crisis: it could free up federal money from the Disaster Relief Fund for states and cities to treat addiction and overdoses, for instance.
Gov. Christie thanked the President for his announcement Thursday. The action would give the administration additional funding and powers, such as negotiating lower prices for overdose reversal drugs, according to the draft.
The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis said that executive action would make the opioid crisis a top priority and allow the Cabinet to take "bold steps" against drug abuse. Discouragingly, the impact of inadequate funding will be immediately felt if the Commission's number one recommendation is enacted - the declaration of a national public health emergency.
He tells reporters the drug crisis afflicting the nation is a "serious problem the likes of which we have never had" and says he's drawing up documents "to so attest". On the other hand, you have to stop new generations of potential drug users from accessing and misusing opioids. "There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years", he said, reiterating that "this is a national emergency". New government data show an increase in opioid overdose deaths during the first three quarters of previous year, an indication that efforts to curb the epidemic are not working.
Expanding Medicaid is a striking contrast to the administration's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the law better known as Obamacare. Instead, it advised the administration to expand drug treatment under Medicaid, push for the development of painkillers that are not opioids, provide law enforcement with the overdose-reversing medication naloxone, and broaden laws that protect people who report overdoses.