"It is a national emergency and the president has confirmed that through his words and actions today, and he deserves great credit for doing so", Christie said in a statement released by his spokesman.
McConnell had told constituents in Kentucky earlier in the week that Trump had "not been in this line of work before, and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process", according to the Associated Press.
Republican Congressman Bill Johnson who represents Columbiana County also approved of the declaration and welcomes the federal help. "It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had". We have increased our public awareness and education efforts and we are moving toward in-patient, sober-living facilities and we are finally providing counseling for those in jail on drug offenses. Sherrod Brown, said they hoped the emergency would prompt Congress to add dollars and manpower to fighting the epidemic. And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem. "This is a national emergency and we are drawing up documents now to so attest".
Trump announced his intention in response to a reporter's question of why he had not declared a national emergency as recommended. An initial report from the commission says the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is "equal to September 11th every three weeks". In fact, numerous recommendations exist as pending, bipartisan legislation in both chambers of Congress.
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It's unclear how, exactly, the fight against rampant addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin would change under an emergency declaration.
"The opioid epidemic is a national emergency", McKinley posted on Facebook. Unfortunately, this Fund is now empty.
He also said, "We're very, very tough on the Southern border, where much of this comes in".
Additionally, access to quality and affordable health care remains a significant concern. "But this is going to give us the help that we need", Wells said. Drug use is a disease, and so it needs that kind of treatment. If people can not access affordable health care, then enforcing parity laws will have no benefit to those individuals and families.
"This is a public health crisis and we have to treat it as such".
We are all concerned by the impact of this epidemic on our communities across the country and across all demographics.
The opioid epidemic has struck especially hard in areas that overwhelmingly supported Trump.
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