WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 10, 2017 Following the recent recommendation of the White House’s opioid commission, President Trump announced today that the Administration is moving to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse.
Jessica Nickel, President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum, released this statement in response to the announcement:
“We applaud President Trump for taking this important step today to declare a national emergency on this crisis. This declaration can help communities with flexibility and resources to help implement a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic. Every day we are losing 144 people to drug overdoses -- 144 daughters, sons, mothers, sisters and fathers. We can do better for our families and communities."
In June, the Addiction Policy Forum testified before Governor Christie and the White House’s Opioid Commission and presented 63 recommendations spanning the six key pillars of a comprehensive response. For full testimony and video click here.