On August 10, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he considered the opioid epidemic a national emergency, starting the process to try and tackle opioid problem faced by the nation.

“The opioids crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” Trump said to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ.

The president, however, did not go into further detail of what this new emergency declaration would entail, but did say that the administration was working on finishing the paperwork to put the declaration into effect.

Keith Humphreys, an addiction specialist at Stanford University who also worked in the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama administration, says there are two main effects that could come from this declaration. “First, it lets states and localities that are designated disaster zones to access money in the federal Disaster Relief Fund, just like they could if they had a tornado or hurricane. Second, declaring an emergency allows temporary waivers of many rules regarding federal programs. For example, currently Medicaid cannot reimburse drug treatment in large residential facilities (16 or more beds). That could be waived in an emergency.”

Trump’s recommendation on Thursday comes as a surprise to some, as two days earlier Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said that he and President Trump had met and decided such a declaration was not necessary, but was still an option on the table.

Many are worried about the administration’s intentions, and now the declaration, as they have shown a willingness to be tough on crime. However, it is also acknowledged that the new injection of funds into distressed areas could help fight the opioid epidemic which has seen a number in deaths rise since Congress approved a $1 billion budget to fight the epidemic in 2016.

 

Sanders Phillips Grossman Opioids Task Force

 The Sanders Phillips Grossman Law Firm has put together a task force that is prepared to advise states, counties, cities, and municipalities on possible opioid litigation. The task force is made up of accomplished and experienced attorneys, each contributing their extensive knowledge in different areas to the team.

For questions, comments and inquiries please call 833-SANDERS or e-mail Senior Partner Marc D. Grossman at mgrossman@spglawfirm.com. Sanders Phillips Grossman, LLC has offices located throughout the United States including New York, California, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado and Puerto Rico. Our attorneys are admitted to practice law in state or federal courts in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. The firm and its affiliates have over fifty attorneys and two hundred support staff dedicated to fighting for social injustices in the United States.

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