Trump said he would require prescribers who work for the federal government to "receive, finally, special training" for prescribing opioids.
"In Wrentham, signs with "#2069" on them show how many people died past year in MA from overdoses. She says she did everything she could to prevent it but she says it's going to take a huge effort nationwide to stop this epidemic.
"We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic, we can do it", President Trump said on Thursday. The president repeated this promise in August when he called the problem a "national emergency".
Trump said his oldest brother, Fred Trump Jr., died of complications of an alcohol addiction. Senior administration officials said that they chose the Public Health Service Act because the Stafford Act is typically focused on natural disasters and specific geographic areas.
Meanwhile, Trump's opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is set to release its final recommendations on November 1.
These steps include prosecuting distributors of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, and strengthening guidelines for how opioids are prescribed for pain. "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction".More news: Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a robot named 'Sophia'
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Officials said a national state of emergency would not have been the best approach for a long-term crisis and would not have provided authorities with resources the government does not already have.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who attended Trump's speech, said he hopes the initiative will lead to "a better coordinated federal response to this crisis".
"You should expect to see approvals that will unlock treatment for people in need and those approvals will come very very fast, not like in the past, " said the President.
The Public Health Emergency Fund at HHS now stands at $57,000, according to an agency spokesperson, and officials said the president's declaration won't yet include a request for Congress to replenish the fund.
The move allows for some limited steps, such as allowing patients in rural parts of the country to access medication for addiction treatment through telemedicine, but will not make any additional federal money available to confront a crisis that a year ago killed more than 64,000 Americans.
In three years, her three sons were gone.