President Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic A National Emergency
BEDMINSTER, NJ -- President Trump is declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
At a news conference today at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said the opioid crisis is not like any other drug crisis the U.S. has faced.
"The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It's a national emergency," Trump said. "We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."
He said his administration will spend a lot of time, effort and money on the crisis. Trump is in Bedminster on a working vacation.
Trump's comments come just two days after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price suggested that declaring a national emergency was unnecessary.
"We believe that at this point, the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crises can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency," Price said, "although all things are on the table for the president."
It was not immediately clear what had changed since Tuesday, when Price said the president had no immediate plans for an emergency declaration. The agency has not responded to requests for comment.
The President on Tuesday said he believed stronger law enforcement was necessary to tackle the crisis. He expressed confidence in Health Secretary Tom Price to lead the attack on opioid addiction.