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Trump declares opioid crisis national emergency

Staff Writer | August 11, 2017
President Donald Trump said opioid addiction "is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had" and declared a national emergency over the crisis.
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Speaking to reporters at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the president backpedaled on his decision earlier in the week not to declare an emergency.

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

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," he said.

The declaration would allow the federal government to direct funds toward combatting abuse by expanding treatment facilities and making the antidote naloxone more readily available.