In a recent policy change, President Trump and his administration declared the opioid crisis in the United States a public health emergency. This may seem like a major decision, but according to a study by Addictions.com , many individuals—both in government and medicine—state that the declaration is not enough to actually fight the opioid epidemic. Instead, many people are calling for the Trump administration to declare a state of emergency, as this will potentially create a more positive, long-term change.
The president can declare a public health emergency through the Public Health Services Act. This declaration states that there is a serious disorder threatening the health of the American people that must be addressed quickly. The government may do a number of things during a public health emergency, including release extra resources to help those affected by the problem. However, a public health emergency only lasts for 90 days, … Read more