The Call for a National Emergency in Response to the Opiate Epidemic
Hodge, JG, Noe SA. The call for a national emergency in response to the opiate epidemic. Jurist; Aug. 8, 2017.
Posted: 23 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 8, 2017
On July 31, 2017 President Donald J. Trump’s White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued its interim report calling for the President to immediately declare a national state of emergency in response to an epidemic that is devastating individuals and communities across the country.
Led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the Commissioners (including Governors from North Carolina and Massachusetts) see no other viable legal option to better implement existing and innovative public health approaches to control this epidemic. Like many law- and policy-makers, we agree.
Keywords: emergency, opioid, national declaration
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