Addiction Expert Outlines Need For Immediate, Dramatic Action To Combat Opioid Crisis

President Trump calls opioid crisis 'national emergency'

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Substance use disorder treatment providers believe President Trump's possible declaration of the opioid crisis as a national emergency could bring new funding to help those seeking recovery.

"I applaud (New Jersey) Gov. (Chris) Christie and his team for their diligent work in finding solutions for treatment and prevention".

"We have a lot of facilities that are 40 or 60 beds and allowing those facilities to bill Medicaid would allow those programs to expand", he says.

As a member of the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees, Collins has participated in six subcommittee hearings discussing the government and states responses to the crisis, fentanyl, and professional and academic perspectives. When the press asked about that photo, the White House wouldn't confirm whether or not Trump golfed with Fazio on Wednesday.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The first time they've heard it like they heard it, and frankly the people who were questioning that statement, was it too tough?

In a lengthy exchange with reporters at his Bedminster golf resort, he said past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it was time a president "stuck up for the country".

Trump has said he believes US intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation meddled in the election, but he has dismissed the ongoing investigations into possible collusion between Moscow and his campaign aides as a "witch hunt".

"The opioid crisis is an emergency and I'm saying it officially right now, it's an emergency".

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So we don't really know what prompted the president to change course, but a national emergency declaration is something the White House opioid commission had recommended. Trump answered, "We're going to draw it up, and we're going to make it a national emergency". But the Trump administration is pushing for tougher criminal penalties. The president has been in this back-and-forth, a kind of public feud with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. "The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that, and I think that we should see the President's public comments as one of the strands, one of the many strands of USA activity".

Check out Fazio's photos from previous year below.

"We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan", Trump tweeted in 2013. "But I can tell you that what they (North Korea) have been doing and what they've been getting away with is a tragedy".

Trump thinks he should have been even harder on North Korea
No, I never said that, I said for reporters to force our chief diplomat, the fantastic Rex Tillerson to give details of military options is nonsensical .

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