President Trump: 'Opioid crisis is a national emergency'

Treatment providers and addiction specialists in MA welcomed President Trump's decision Thursday to declare a national emergency over the opioid epidemic - but stressed that they hope the president will put significant money into the effort.

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According to a report from a special presidential commission headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, there are about 142 deaths each day in America from drug overdoses. In the meantime, explore the numerous articles linked in this piece, exploring the important roles cannabis could play in combatting the opioid epidemic. By removing that barrier, the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis said, would "immediately open treatment to thousands of Americans in existing facilities in all 50 states". I want to thank Governor Holcomb for his aggressive efforts in this regard.

Experts said that the declaration was encouraging, but it's uncertain how big of an impact it will have on the opioid crisis.

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Scott Silverman, the CEO of Confidential Recovery, joined KUSI News with more. The butcher's bill for this crisis has been steep; there were 50,000 deaths from overdoses previous year.

After initially saying he wouldn't declare a state of emergency, he did just that a few days later.

Botticelli, who was director of national drug control policy in former president Barack Obama's administration, called it "somewhat ironic" that Trump has called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the main way that people with addiction are able to obtain treatment.

But after U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said such a declaration was unnecessary, the president reversed course.

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Right now, there are some who think is exclusively an Rx problem concerning the over prescription of painkillers.

Once-healthy individuals get into a cycle of abuse because of seemingly minor medical procedures that get them hooked on opioids, and for some, they never get unhooked.

The money from Scott's declaration will mostly be funneled into paying for medication-related treatment for substances like Suboxone and Vivitrol, which are used to help wean addicts off of opioids.

Pointing to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Neal noted that the number of individuals addicted to heroin more than doubled from 2006 to 2015, while the number of opioid-related deaths nationwide almost tripled. "So we need to go big". But Trump's declaration should elevate the discussion about addiction and provide common ground for a divided country. "And you look at opiate abuse and addiction, and its impact on communities, it's really going to be a long term problem, and we need long term solutions", Moore explained.

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