President falls short of opioid commission recommendation

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa independents who helped Trump win the presidency see last year’s tough-talking candidate as a thin-skinned chief executive and wish he’d show more grace. Unaffiliated voters make up the largest percentage of the electorate in the Midwest state that backed Trump in 2016 after lifting Democrat Barack Obama to the White House in party caucuses and two straight elections. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

The White House is coming up short of it’s own commission’ recommendation to declare the opioid crisis a National Emergency.

Last week, the President’s council on opioid abuse recommended he declare it a National Emergency, allowing addicts to have access to more help, funded with federal money.

Tuesday morning, the President tweeted about a “major briefing” he received in the afternoon, but he hasn’t taken that extra step.

“During my campaign, I promised to fight this battel because as the President of the United States, my greatest responsibility is to protect the people,” said President Trump.

After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s memorable story about his friend from law school who died after an overdose, he’s leading the Commission that recommended the President declare the crisis a national emergency.

“We have a 9/11 scale loss of life every three weeks,” said Christie.

“Bringing general awareness, making more funds available for treatment, detox and prevention,” said Director of Prevention Services at the Area Substance Abuse Council, or ASAC, Erin Foster.

But from the President’s golf club in New Jersey, Tuesday’s move on the opioid battle came up short of sweeping action.

“Today, I’m pleased to get a briefing on how we can help communities and keep youth from going down this deadly path,” said President Trump.

Foster says without more resources, it’s up to local providers to use the tools they have to prevent the epidemic from spreading from eastern states through the Midwest.

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