Trump’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency for the Opioid Epidemic is a Challenge to the Private Sector to Deal With the Crisis

President Trump recently declared a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic.  More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  By issuing this declaration the president directed agency and department heads to use all appropriate emergency authorities to reduce number of deaths caused by the opioid crisis, according to senior administration officials.

In reacting to the declaration in a recent interview on WFSB-TV (Ch. 3) Julian expressed his opinion on the extent of the crisis the country is facing saying  “These patterns of addiction… we haven’t seen before, or drug abuse that leads to (this level of) addiction.  Nobody’s seen it before.”

He saw the declaration as a challenge to the private sector to get control of the problem, citing the need for more innovative and results-based treatments.  “Rally the resources you have. Throwing money into things doesn’t necessarily fix them,” Julian said in the interview, adding that the battle is far from over.  It is predicted that Connecticut will have more than 1,000 overdose death this year.  A chilling first for the state.

 

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