Trump said the Department of Homeland Security and United States Postal Service have enhanced their investigation methods for imports of fentanyl, which is 50 times more deadly than heroin.
But the order doesn't mean immediate federal funding.
What opioid public health emergency. "Nobody has seen anything like what's going on now".
Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D. says, "We do not know specifically how this declaration will impact Georgia".
More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdose deaths in ME have climbed at a rate that has been among the highest of any state over the past four years.
Opioids range from heroin to prescription pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin.
The disappointment about Trump's announcement is more bitter in Ross County given that more than 60 percent of the county voted for the Republican at last year's presidential election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump cracks media jokes to reporters' kids during Halloween Oval Office trip
Trump told the children to take as much candy as they wanted and gave the kids extra candy to give to their friends. "So you take out whatever you need".
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway echoed President Trump's remarks on drug abuse Thursday, saying the best way to stop people from dying from drug abuse is by "not starting in the first place". On Wednesday, the president told Fox Business Network he would do so. The Department of Health and Human Services might also waive limits on Medicare paying for addiction treatment in working age adults to facilities with 16 or fewer beds, a boost to the recovery industry.
"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.
The President says the feds will bring "major lawsuits" against companies who are "bad actors".
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. Congress is investigating the business practices of manufacturers.
"The fact is, if we can teach young people - and people, generally - not to start, it's really, really easy not to take them". "There is nothing desirable about drugs". Those people did not have a choice to, as Trump said, "not to take drugs, just not to take them".
- Patients in isolated areas such as Appalachia will have greater access to opioid treatment through telemedicine and receive prescriptions without seeing a doctor in person, as is generally required under current law. And he made little mention of the need for the rapid and costly expansion of medical treatment that public health specialists, including some in his own administration, argue is crucial to addressing the epidemic. It's not clear what sort of education campaign Trump is envisioning, but the Obama administration in 2015 also announced a training program in opioid prescribing for prescribers who worked for the federal government.