August 1, 2017
The White House commission tasked with battling the nations opioid epidemic is urging President Trump to declare a federal state of emergency.
The opioid commission led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie publicized the 10 page report Monday.
It recommends a state of national emergency should be declared to properly address the crisis.
The report cites statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, showing 142 Americans dying everyday from a drug overdose.
The commission was established by President Trump through an executive order in March to tackle the country’s drug abuse epidemic.
Christie says declaring a public health emergency would give the president “every tool” at his disposal.