11 August 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency on Thursday. He said his administration was drafting papers to make it official.
US PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP said "The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying officially right now it is an emergency. It's a national emergency. We are going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. We are going to draw it up and make it a national emergency. It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had. You know, when I was growing up they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs. There has never been anything like what has happened to this country over the past four or five years. And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem. This is happening worldwide. But this is a national emergency We are drawing documents now so we can so attest."
National emergencies are typically declared for short-term crises, such as the Zika virus outbreak or a natural disaster. It is unclear what Trump's declaration will mean for a complex, long-term public health problem.