President Trump has declared a public health emergency due to the nation’s opioid crisis
Now that President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency due to the nation’s opioid crisis, those working the front lines want to see an increase in funding.
Last week, the president promised loosened regulations and increased flexibility for states with funds. He also unveiled a TV ad campaign designed to warn Americans of the dangers of drugs. Critics are wondering if it’s enough.
Indiana is one of four states where the fatal drug overdose rate has more than quadrupled since 1999. Chuck Harris is the coroner for Porter County and calls the president’s action a baby step. Harris says the effort the Hoosier State has made with law enforcement and education has been in the right direction, but he believes the focus also must be on treatment, at which Indiana is failing. Indiana University officials announced last month a five-year, 50-million-dollar initiative to study and curb the Hoosier State’s opioid crisis. More than 70 researchers will participate and will make policy recommendations to state government leaders.
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