President Trump says, "These overdoses are driven by a massive increase in addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids".
- The Department of Health and Human Services will speed up its hiring process to have people in place to help states in crisis.
Trump said the federal government will "pretty soon" start suing "bad actors", including people and companies that are "hurting our people". This decision led to quick criticism that without new funding, what Trump had done amounted to little more than a gesture. Deaths caused by opioid overdose have almost quadrupled since 1999, which is why Mr. Trump said he was making addiction a top priority.
Other officials in OH, which has the highest prescription opioid overdose rate in the country, according to statistics compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, watched Trump's speech with great interest.
"Prevention is the best medicine", said Dr. Klein, a member of the Federalist Society.
The series also found that despite some efforts to address the problem, there remains a critical need for more treatment, especially for the uninsured.
Last spring, the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram published a 10-part series exploring the state's opioid epidemic, which has reached communities large and small and families poor and affluent. And it found that stigma and shame still exist as barriers to progress.
Providing Labor Department money to fight the cycle of addiction and unemployment in steel mill and coal towns by issuing grants states can use to provide meaningful work that will help people get back on their feet and recover from addiction.
Although LePage applauded the president's declaration, ME has not issued its own declaration of an emergency, as six other states have done, including Maryland this year.
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And some in ME have criticized LePage for being slow to embrace medication assisted treatment and Narcan, the overdose antidote, even as deaths were piling up.
On the campaign trail, he would often speak about the opioid crisis in states like New Hampshire and OH, but would often cite drugs pouring from across the U.S. -Mexico border as a primary driver of the problem.
"For too long, we have allowed drugs to ravage American homes, cities and towns", said Trump, who described the "very tough life" his brother led because of alcohol.
"It's a first step, but if we're really serious about this momentum really has to build from here", said Andrew Kessler, who runs Slingshot Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in substance abuse policy. He also wrote a letter to Trump urging him to allow the government to negotiate lower prices for life-saving opioid overdose reversal drugs like Narcan.
The declaration is limited, falling far short of the steps experts say is necessary to combat the crisis.
His directive does not on its own release any additional funds to deal with a drug crisis that claimed more than 59,000 lives in 2016, and the president did not request any, although his aides said he would soon do so.
On Wednesday, the president told Fox Business Network he would be declaring the crisis a national emergency, which would have opened up additional federal funds.
"What we need is for the president to seek an appropriation from Congress, I believe in the billions, so that we can rapidly expand access for effective outpatient opioid addiction treatments", Kolodny said in an interview.