The republican President Donald Trump has long been promising to declare the opioid crisis as a “National Emergency ever since he started running for elected office. On October 26, the White House has announced that the president will hold a press conference where he will define the opioid crisis as a public health emergency which falls short of the standard of being “National Emergency.”
The president believes the designation of a “public health emergency for this health epidemic is better suited for an emergency which will require long term follow-up whereas, a National Emergency” declaration is designed to be more in response to a shorter term event like a hurricane disaster. The problem with the “public health emergency” announcement is that this pronouncement would place oversight of this opioid crisis under HHS, Health and Human Services Department which is vastly under-funded and under-staffed.
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