Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

"President Trump declared Thursday afternoon that the opioid crisis — which is killing more than 100 people each day — is a public health emergency. … With Trump’s declaration, the federal government will waive some regulations, give states more flexibility in how they use federal funds and expand the use of telemedicine treatment, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters on Thursday morning. But the president stopped short of declaring a more sweeping national state of emergency that would have given states access to funding from the federal Disaster Relief Fund, just as they would be following a tornado or hurricane." [editor's note: If he really considered it an emergency, he would have announced that he's directed DEA/FDA to de-schedule all opiates and make them available over the counter, since the "crisis" is driven ENTIRELY by the war on drugs making known dosage/purity product legally unavailable to people without permission slips – TLK] (10/26/17)

  • JdL

    Clearly people in government would rather take actions that make a problem worse than step back and let the problem solve itself by spontaneous means. It would be wonderful if more normal citizens realized just how awful government intrusions like the drug war are.

  • MamaLiberty

    Right, Thomas… and those in pain will not even be able to get the "permission slips" now. Those of us with serious long term pain problems are finally screwed royally. There are a good many alternatives to opioid medication, but most of those are also "illegal," or unavailable to those without money to burn.