WH Opioid Commission Urges Pres. to Declare Federal State of Emergency for Drug Abuse

President Donald Trump shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an opioid and drug abuse listening session, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

August 1, 2017

OAN Newsroom

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.

  • PLC

    Stop it. Just stop it. All this yellow journalism surrounding a non-existent “opioid epedimic” just makes it nearly impossible for the people who benefit from these drugs to actually GET them. The majority of people who take these drugs do so responsibly, and should not be punished for the actions of those who are unable to manage their drug intake. It’s ridiculous to ask a person who is recovering from major surgery to go visit their doctor and get a new Rx for the painkillers every 3-7 days. This Rx could easily be called in by the Doctor to the pharmacy and then proof of ID presented there. Why is the government even involved in our personal health care at this level? Butt out!

  • Bill Jr

    WH Opioid Commission Urges Pres. To Hide The Opiates In The Democrats Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners For Safe Keeping. Then The Republicans Will Be Able To Pass Legislation On The House and Senate Floors.

  • Kody M.

    I dont remember what drugs opiods were but christy needs to stop eating at country buffet

  • Mr Gerald Dickerson

    The Heroin on the streets is coming from the back doors of the pharmaceuticals. Shut them down and watch the problem go away.

  • Donald York

    I’m still waiting on the lobbyists on K street to quit peddling their influence on our elected officials. Congress should abolish any laws they made that allows them to takes these bribes. Oh wait.

  • John Sparrolini

    The government screws up EVERYTHING they touch. They will probably outlaw prescription Pain killers like Percocet and to hell with the 10s of millions who are NOT addicted to suffer. I watched a big time doctor on cable after being pressured admitted there is no non narcotic pain killer that works as well as say Percocet. My own doctor agreed there is nothing that works as well. So I guess eventually all those pain suffers will have to live with their pain so these junkies can’t get their hands on prescription meds. AMERIKA WHAT A COUNTRY

  • stevens123

    Because declaring a federal emergency will solve the problem. Sounds like an Obama solution.

    • Jack Woodburn

      He didn’t care. If fact, anything to hurt and weaken America pleased him…

  • Just Saying-2

    Hey Chris maybe you can work on obesity next.

  • Jack Green

    It’s so easy to grab the prescription pad to write a prescription pad for this stuff. Pharmacies should be networked just like hospitals and doctor’s office so when a script for these is up for refill, it waves a red flag. ANYTHING can be abused if not managed properly.

    • stevens123

      they already are.

      • Jack Green

        Not working good enough then, is it? I do agree with your point of view; CEO’s aren’t the problem.

  • JR

    As the sibling of a life long addict I say legalize it ALL and let God sort out the ‘winners’…

    • KMA

      Couldn’t agree more! Legalize all drugs,take the control away from pharmaceutical companies. No one can stop people if they intend to do it. Legalizing drugs could curb the appeal.
      When I was a kid the college kids made EVERYTHING and I’m still here(not for lack of trying),but I knew when to say WHEN.

      Character flaw, lack of confidence & or self-esteem ,physical abuse whatever it is these people just don’t have the ability to control it.

      Once again we’re attacking the symptom not the cause.

  • Tony

    They need to haul in the CEO’s of the drug companies pedaling that drug that got people hooked and throw them in prison for life. Those jerks have been killing people for years along with the FDA. Take the FDA years to approve something??? All they have to do is get off their fat rears and go to work . The government have way too many mooches working for it. Let me sum it up by saying, GRRRR!

    • JR

      no – the doctors that over-prescribe

      • misvic

        Apparently you have never had real or chronic pain. Drs. are doing the opposite. Go get a tooth pulled and see how well Tylenol works for you. A patient with gout, nothing and its just starting.

        • misvic

          Oh and a 76 year old man with intractable back pain, numerous surgeries for 50 years, nothing because you don’t want to get addicted. Really? No one has a right to assume others pain, Nursing 101. These are the non drug addicts that are being exploited because of control and cash. I’m not being mean, just stating things that are going on.

    • stevens123

      So none of these meds helped alleviate the pain suffered from millions of surgeries performed every year? Should we also throw all the alcohol CEOs in jail as well? What about the sugar folks for making people fat?

  • Scott

    We should not be wasting tax dollars to “save” these hedonistic animals. This is natural selection. They kill themselves.

  • Hawk

    I don’t like this line of reasoning. Sure, there are bad doctors giving out scripts, but 1000 times more are responsible and trying to help their patients. If we allow this newest “PC thing” to go on with any relevance, then what is going to happen is government will take away the doctors ability to prescribe as they see fit, in favor of what the government sees fit, and that is so very wrong!

  • 10X

    Wonder how much kickback there is to made off of this endeavor?

    • misvic

      Exactly, somethings up. I’m thinking they have all invested in something more profitable or new. This is only hurting the law abiding. Drug addicts will eat crap if it gets them high.

  • 808Americans

    “Stay tweaked America.
    Your easier to control that way.
    We’ll see that you can and even cover the cost when you burn yourself out.”
    — You’re Federal goverment

  • Dan O

    This is not a national crisis. It is a personal, family and law enforcement issue. Those who want help can get it. Those who don’t die or go to jail. Not the fed’s issue to deal with anymore than healthcare coverage is.

    • Just Saying-2

      Other than stopping illegal drugs from getting into the country. I am still waiting for that plan. The wall would be a good start.

  • mo

    build that wall.

  • turnipweed

    That’s for the states to do. We need to keep the Feds totally out of this. It will only grow and grow, and put us further in debt and conflict with the states.

    Even Fed assistance to the states is evil. They use it for control. Stay out! Talk to the Governors, encourage them to crack down on pushers and doctors indiscriminately dispensing opiates.

    • NoBS NoSpam

      States can and should be able to defend against legal and illegal drugs. But the feds basic tenent for existence is a sheriff between interstate commerce and foreign attacks. I see Pharma/Opioids as a weapon of mass destruction.
      That new crap that can OD on trace amounts is particularly effective to cause mass deaths.

    • R A.

      Speaking of pushers – remember when o’Bama let thousands and thousands of drug dealers out of prison because he said they were convicted of “non-violent” crimes??
      F’oBama

      • turnipweed

        Yep, it was outrageous.

  • ArmyAviator

    The only way to eliminate the DRUG problem, is to EXECUTE both dealers and users!

    • turnipweed

      Who left the door open!

      Good to see you here!

    • CASSY IS SASSY

      Well…The users are executing themselves. But yeah,,,The best place to start to stop this is with the Dealers!

    • Edman

      Singapore executes dealers by hanging and send users to mandatory rehab. Let’s just say Singapore has nearly a 0% drug addiction problem.