Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency by White House: Implications According to Pain Specialists
“The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place,” stated the President.
On October 26, 2017, President Donald J.Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.1 “The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. If they don't start, they won't have a problem,” he stated. The President had announced last August that the government's response to the opioid epidemic would be the object of a national vs public health emergency. Such a status would have warranted a faster and greater allocation of dedicated funds.
- The White House Office of the Press Secretary. President Donald J. Trump is taking action on drug addiction and the opioid crisis. Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/26/president-donald-j-trump-taking-action-drug-addiction-and-opioid-crisis. Accessed: October 27, 2017.
- The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/presidents-commission. Accessed: October 27, 2017.