THE WASHINGTON TIMES – THOMAS HOWELL, JR.
President Trump declared opioids addiction a national emergency, unlocking additional federal assistance for treatment and bolstering defenses against foreign traffickers but leaving it to Congress to pump more money into solutions.
Mr. Trump said his agencies will use “every authority” to combat a crisis that’s killing more people than car crashes and affects the rich and poor, young and old.
“Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now. As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue,” Mr. Trump said in a speech at the White House. “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.”
Actions include educating doctors so they prescribe addictive painkillers with care, promoting the use of medication to wean people off opioids and loosening federal rules to expand access to treatment beds.