This week, President Trump said he is going to officially declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
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"There's never been really any dedicated funding for naloxone", she said.
One forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from only opioid overdoses - more than the entire city of Baltimore.
"We've known that this has reached emergency proportions for quite some time", Weintraub said, "and if President Trump calling a state of a emergency means we can devote more attention to eradicate this scourge then I'm all for it".
There are an estimated 2.6 million opioid addicts in the United States, according to The Washington Post. "While we need to learn more about what this federal response will entail, a sense of urgency and focus at the national level helps bring additional attention to the issue and could help enhance our efforts", Governor Phil Scott said in a statement.
A particularly promising benefit of the "national emergency" declaration (regardless of which act is invoked) could be to allow states more flexibility in using funds from Medicaid for treating opioid disorders.
"The opioid crisis is an emergency".
Trapp said, "I'm pleased to see he made it".
Palm Beach County, Fla., saw almost 600 fatal overdoses a year ago, mostly related to opioids. "Opioid addiction can impact anyone, and we will continue to combat this crisis as a team because more needs to be done". As recently as Tuesday in a briefing with reporters, Trump had indicated that he would stop short of declaring an emergency. "It certainly sends a signal about the level of federal commitment to addressing this crisis", he said. You know, when I was growing up, they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs. Alton Taylor, executive director of the county's Drug Abuse Foundation says although the emergency declaration was welcome, Palm Beach County and the rest of the state still don't have enough publicly-funded beds available to treat people with opioid addictions. But, Price added, "everything is on the table". The reality, experts say, is a solution to the problem could be in how doctors prescribe addictive drugs like hydrocodone, OxyContin and Percocet.