White House Drug Commission Implores Trump to Declare a State of Emergency

Trump Commission Calls for 'State of Emergency' Over Opioids

White House opioid commission urges Trump to declare federal state of emergency

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis referenced the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001 to describe how the entire government subsequently rallied around the common cause of protecting American lives. "The commission clearly understands that and clearly wants to send the signal to the president to concur with them". But there is often a stigma against swapping out one drug for another, and only 10 percent of drug treatment facilities in the country provide so-called medication-assisted treatment, according to the commission's report.

"Your declaration would empower your cabinet to take bold steps and would force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the Executive Branch even further to deal with this loss of life", the commission said. Declaring a national emergency, the report went on, would "awaken every American to this simple fact: if this scourge has not found you or your family yet, without bold action by everyone, it soon will".

A White House commission called for a national emergency over the opioid epidemic in a report released Monday.

The commission ignited criticism after it missed the first two deadlines to submit interim recommendations.

Read the full report at the White House website.

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A separate study published in July found that more than one third of USA adults were prescribed opioid medications in 2015.

"As I campaign across this country, I hear so many stories and pleas, from women especially, about drug addiction and opioid use", said Trump at a rally in Chester Township, Pennsylvania.

The report found a correlation between the rise of opioid overdoses and prescription opioids. This draft has been edited for brevity, and only includes top-line recommendations.

The report also recommends requiring better training for prescribers and finding new ways to detect fentanyl delivered through the mail.

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The main effect of declaring the drug crisis a national emergency would be to call public attention to the problem, according to some experts.

Establish mandatory opioid prescriber education at medical and dental schools across the country to spread awareness about safe prescription practices.

Craft model legislation to encourage states to make naloxone - an antidote used to prevent fatal opioid overdoses - more readily available. The new law should require the prescription of naloxone along with any high-risk opioid prescriptions.

Equip all law enforcement officers with naloxone, the life-saving medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose.

Increase enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which protects patients with substance abuse disorders or mental health issues from receiving inferior health benefits from their insurance provider in comparison to a patient suffering from a physical condition. Ensure federal health care systems, including Veteran's Hospitals, participate in state-based data sharing. This law was passed in 2008 to eliminate numerous "fail-first protocols" being used around the country that limit treatment until a patient's issue becomes worse.

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