Opioid commission calls Trump to declare state of emergency as new report of overdose deaths equate ‘to September 11th every three weeks’

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

The White House opioid commission called on President Trump to declare a state of emergency
The proposal was sent Monday and detailed the rising statistic of opioid overdoses which have equated to ‘September 11th every three weeks’
The report includes recommendations on more effective ways to approach the deadly statistic
By next year, the President’s Commission hopes to create a monitoring system overseeing the issuing of prescription drugs.
The White House said they will immediately review the report recommendations

1 August 2017

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has called on President Donald Trump to declare a nationwide state of emergency.

The appeal was sent Monday along with a report detailing the startling statistic of opioid overdoses that have accumulated to ‘September 11th every three weeks,’ as at least 142 cases currently arise every day in the United States.

The report includes a proposal on more efficient ways to regulate the escalating issue, including providing federal agencies with more advanced sensory equipment in order to detect the deadly synthetic opioid, Fentanyl.

The report recommends insurance companies incorporate mental health and substance abuse treatment in their plans as they would physical health coverage.

If approved, hospital staff would be required to get waivers to medically assist treatment options for heroin and opioid addiction with the narcotic, Buprenorphine.

The drug commission suggests decree to allowing similar treatment in prisons as well as providing all law enforcement officers with the emergency narcotic overdose drug, Naloxone.

By next year, the President’s Commission hopes to create a monitoring system that oversees the issuing of prescription drugs nationwide.

‘Our country needs you, Mr. President,’ the report states. ‘We know you care deeply about this issue. We also know that you will use the authority of your office to deal with our nation’s problems.’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the release is ‘meant to give the president some immediate steps that he can take to try to make sure that we stop the death that is happening across the country.’

The White House announced plans to carefully review the report’s recommendations during this emergency state.

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