Donald Trump declares public health emergency over opioid crisis. Here’s what that means

President Donald Trump characterized the U.S. opioid epidemic as a national public health emergency and directed the executive government to "use every appropriate emergency authority" to fight the crisis. "Ending the epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. It will require the resolve of our entire country," Trump said in a speech from the White House on Oct. 26. More than 64,000 people died in 2016 from drug overdoses, the majority of which were linked to opioids,  such as oxycodone, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and the illicit drug heroin. CDC found that the number of … >>More stories from National


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