Aug 11, 2017
President Donald Trump is declaring the increasing use of opioids by the population a “national emergency” that must be addressed by the federal government. He has pledged to “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis”. In 2016 more people in the United States died from opioid use than were killed during the entire Vietnam War.
The death rate has reached an average of 142 people per day. The White House Commission that has been studying the problem made a number of recommendations to the President, including the declaring of a national emergency. Other recommendations include ways to increase the availability of treatment for opioid addiction.