Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Public Emergency

Last Thursday, the administration officially declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Trump directed Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric Hargan to declare the emergency under the Public Health Services Act. This action will make federal agencies provide more funding from their current budgets. This declaration does not allow the federal government to use FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate need to those affected by the opioid epidemic. According to CNN, former Obama health officials hope this move will urge Congress to increase the amount allocated to the Public Health Emergency Fund to fight the crisis.

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