Trump: Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency


Trump: Opioid crisis a public health emergency

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with First Lady Melania Trump to deliver remarks on combatting drug demand and the opioid crisis on October 26, 2017 in the East Room of the White House.
(Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images)

Washington — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.
The move stops short of Trump’s pledge to declare a national emergency, which would have allowed officials to tap the federal disaster relief fund. But senior administration officials said an emergency under the Public Health Services Act is …

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