(Worthy News) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would declare a national emergency next week on opioid abuse, a move that could give states access to federal funds to fight the drug crisis.
“The opioid is a tremendous emergency,” Trump told Fox Business network. “Next week, I’m going to (be) declaring an emergency, (a) national emergency on drugs.” The United States is battling a growing opioid abuse epidemic that claimed more than 33,000 lives in 2015, more than any year on record, according to federal data.
Opioids, primarily prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl – a drug 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine – are fueling the drug overdoses. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More…) ]