Trump Commission Calls for ‘State of Emergency’ Over Opioids

(Seth Wenig/AP)

(Seth Wenig/AP)

In an interim report release this afternoon, President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis called on the president to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose death crisis. “142 Americans are dying every day of a drug overdose,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the commission. “To say we have a crisis here is an understatement.”

'142 Americans are dying every day of a drug overdose.'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Christie said the opioid death rate was “the equivalent of the death toll on Sept. 11 every three weeks in America.”

Christie and his fellow commission members, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and Harvard Medical School professor Bertha Madras, urged the federal government to rapidly increase the nation’s addiction treatment capacity by granting Medicaid waivers to existing treatment facilities.

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