President Trump : Declare State of Emergency, Provide Naloxone to Fight Opioid Crisis
"America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks," according to the White House Commission on Opioids. The commission just completed its interim report, and the findings are shocking. 142 Americans die everyday as a result of opioid abuse. Abuse of drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers has become an epidemic.
The commission asks President Trump to declare a nationwide state of emergency over the opioid crisis. The panel also recommends that the federal government advises every single police department in the nation to carry a drug called naloxone. Naloxone, sometimes called Narcan, can block effects of opioids during an overdose. More than one thousand law enforcement agencies already have Naloxone programs in place, but many more are in need of access to this life-saving drug.
To President Trump:
Nearly everyone in America knows someone who has struggled with opioid addiction and abuse. This epidemic is only growing, and something must be done. We ask that you take the commission’s recommendations to declare a nationwide state of emergency and encourage all police departments to carry naloxone.
You said it yourself, in March: “Drug abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in our country…This is a total epidemic, and I think it's probably almost untalked about compared to the severity that we're witnessing.” You have the authority to declare a state of emergency. As a first step in responding to this emergency, we ask that you direct your administration to make naloxone readily available to all local law enforcement.
Drug addiction doesn’t care if the sufferer is rich or poor, male or female, Republican or Democrat. It can happen to anyone, and often begins with medication prescribed by a doctor. This epidemic that has taken too many lives already. Now, thanks to your commission’s recommendations, you can take concrete steps to save lives.