US to declare national emergency for opiate addiction
US President Donald Trump announced today that he plans to declare a “national emergency” for opiate addiction in the country, where 91 Americans die every day for this reason.
“The opiate crisis is an emergency. And I’m officially saying now that it’s an emergency. A national emergency”, Trump told reporters from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he spent his vacation.
“This is a national emergency and we are drafting documents to certify it”, insisted the president, stressing that this is a “serious problem”.
“There has never been anything like what has happened in this country for the last four or five years,” added the Republican.
Trump made those comments after addressing his team on Tuesday the crisis generated by addiction to prescription opioid analgesics such as OxyContin or Vicodin, which leads many Americans to get hooked on the cheaper heroin on the black market.
Every day, 91 Americans die from an overdose of opiates, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a problem that has exploded since the beginning of the century and is related to the increase in prescription analgesics, which has quadrupled since 1999.
The president promised during last year’s election campaign to “fight the battle” against opiates, which in 2016 killed nearly 60,000 Americans, according to preliminary data from the US government.