President Trump Expected To Declare Opioid Crisis A Public Health Emergency
Oct 28 2017
26 declaration that the opioid crisis is a federal health emergency, without allocating additional dollars to address the issue, may ultimately result in a cut to spending on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatments, some experts fear.
The announcement will surely be welcomed in places like Vermont that have been ravaged by the abuse of prescribed drugs like OxyContin and illegal substances like heroin, banned as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
"In Wrentham, signs with "#2069" on them show how many people died past year in MA from overdoses. The president repeated this promise in August when he called the problem a "national emergency".
Trump said he would require prescribers who work for the federal government to "receive, finally, special training" for prescribing opioids.
The national public health emergency declaration is effective immediately and directs Eric Hargan, the acting secretary of Health and Human Services, to waive restrictions and delays for distributing federal grant money.
Meanwhile, Trump's opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is set to release its final recommendations on November 1. "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction".
As President Trump this morning is expected to declare the opioids epidemic a public-health emergency, the Golden State can truly relate.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who attended Trump's speech, said he hopes the initiative will lead to "a better coordinated federal response to this crisis".
Here is what the declarations mean for health IT. The declaration doesn't make new funds available to deal with the crisis as much as it allows for the redirection of existing funds. This speaks to something that is often lost when discussing the opioid epidemic: There are still lots of patients who need pain medication, and there are some concerns that because of new prescribing limits and the fear of feeding addiction, they are not able to get access to them.
Trump said that his administration would announce a new policy that would "overcome" the rule, suggesting officials would focus on granting waivers that allow states to expand treatment options.
She also said Medicaid expansion and the drug treatment services provided under the Affordable Care Act that Trump has tried to repeal "have gone a long way to providing invaluable care to those in the grips of addiction".