But by Thursday, Trump seemed to have warmed to Christie's idea to declare a national emergency. It's a national emergency. "We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis", he said.
"We can not "arrest" our way out of the problem".
A commission on opioid addiction, appointed by Trump, offered concrete steps that should be taken now, such as the universal distribution of the anti-overdose drug Narcan to all police officers and expanded access to medication-assisted treatment, which has been found to be the most effective therapy.
George's son Zach Ziehm died from an overdose last year, after three years and four months of sobriety. Trump can't just wipe these problems away, but he can direct his agencies to remove the barriers under their control and work with other federal agencies and state governments to eliminate other counterproductive hurdles. This is happening worldwide.
OH leads the nation in opioid deaths. Scott's announcement came a day after state officials met with local leaders in Palmetto as part of a series of state-directed workshops to discuss the needs of Manatee, Palm Beach, Orange and Duval counties. The opioid commission also recommended an increase in the treatment capacity for those who need help for substance abuse. "It could be very helpful, much more than just symbolic", he said.
Humphreys points out that Congress could have addressed any of these issues legislatively in recent years, and it could have allocated billions in funding for the opioid crisis as well.
"I commend the president for declaring that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency", Buchanan said. "We feel like it fits as a state of emergency", Caraway said. Right now there's a limit on the number of beds they can have.
Portman wants the U.S. Postal Service to better screen parcels from China, believed to be a major source of fentanyl, a synthetic drug far more potent than heroin. Let's put it this way: More Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016 alone than in the entire Vietnam War.
Two weeks ago, Jenkins talked with Trump on Air Force One about the drug crisis in West Virginia and the steps needed to move forward. "Law enforcement officers throughout OH have told me that we can not arrest our way out of this problem".
April Caraway, executive director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, noted county officials previously called on OH officials to declare a state emergency, which Gov. John Kasich has declined to do.
But Trump, in his first remarks on the subject, appeared to set his face against treating the epidemic as a health emergency - calling instead for tougher prison sentences and "strong, strong law enforcement".