A group of former national security officials are set to issue a statement criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse committee believes it has evidence Trump requested putting ally in charge of Cohen probe: report Vietnamese airline takes steps to open flights to US on sidelines of Trump-Kim summit Manafort's attorneys say he should get less than 10 years in prison MORE's national security declaration, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The 58 former senior national security officials signing on to the statement include former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOvernight Defense: White House eyes budget maneuver to boost defense spending | Trump heads to Hanoi for second summit with Kim | Former national security officials rebuke Trump on emergency declaration 58 ex-national security officials rebuke Trump over emergency declaration Ex-national security officials to issue statement slamming Trump's emergency declaration: WaPo … [Read more...] about Ex-national security officials to issue statement slamming Trump’s emergency declaration: WaPo
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Amid much fanfare last October, President Trump declared that the nation's opioid crisis was a “public health emergency” and spoke movingly of losing his older brother to alcohol addiction. That 90-day declaration is set to expire Tuesday. And while some promising plans are taking shape, the federal follow-through is falling far short of what is needed. About 1,000 people in America are dying each week from this epidemic, and the time is long past for the president to mobilize “every appropriate emergency authority,” as he promised on Oct. 26. Among the missing pieces: ► Key players. Can you name the nation's "drug czar" these days? Probably not, because there isn't one. The Office of National Drug Control Policy, a high-profile White House office that should coordinate a government-wide strategy, still has no permanent director, the person often known as the drug czar. RELATED: Hooked in Wisconsin: When heroin hits home RELATED: Heroin … [Read more...] about Where is Trump’s emergency on opioids?
In 2015, state officials reported at least 1,451 men, women and children died from drug overdoses in Tennessee - but that's far from an accurate count. There are likely hundreds more. No one knows the true number. Drug deaths reported in Tennessee are fundamentally flawed and represent an under-count of the toll taken by opioids, the nation’s most deadly drug epidemic, a USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee investigation found. ► Related: Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's son dies from apparent overdose ► Related: Nashville Mayor's son died from combination of several drugs, including two opioids, autopsy shows ► In-depth coverage: Tennessee's opioid crisis USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee found multiple levels of breakdowns in death investigations, making it impossible to sketch the mortality rate from drug abuse or overdoses, including: Inconsistencies in how medical examiners, hospitals and law enforcement officials flag possible … [Read more...] about Investigation: How many lives are lost to opioids? No one knows.
President Donald Trump signed into law on Wednesday a package of bills to address the nation's opioid crisis by making it easier for patients to receive addiction treatment, attempting to rein in the illicit fentanyl trade and bolstering research of nonaddictive painkillers. The bipartisan bill, dubbed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, was coupled with a package of bills including one authored by U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta, specifically aimed at elder opioid addiction. The bill requires increased access to opioid-use disorder treatment services for Medicare beneficiaries. It aims to improve treatment outcomes for seniors with opioid addictions and to expand treatment options for providers in the Coachella Valley, according to a news release issued by Ruiz’s office on Wednesday. More: The Coachella Valley has the highest rate of opioid overdoses in the county, but new funds bring hope More: Opioid drugs to treat opioid addiction? It's part of a treatment … [Read more...] about The valley has above-average opioid overdose rates. Here’s what Trump and Ruiz are doing about it
Those who respond to opioid overdoses barely factor into Arizona's legislative action plan. Some say that's a problem. To others, it's the nature of the job. Fire crews confront the opioid epidemic daily in the most personal of ways. They tend to the users who can't stay awake. They administer naloxone, the reversal drug that brings addicts back from a life-threatening overdose. And they answer the call when an unresponsive person is found in a parked car, a gas station bathroom or a neighborhood — impoverished or affluent. They see the scourge. Many are frustrated with their reactive role of merely responding and treating. They want to be more involved in helping people find a solution. But despite running on 5,458 reported overdose calls last year — up 21 percent since 2013 and an average of 15 each day — firefighters on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in Phoenix don't … [Read more...] about Phoenix firefighters deal with opioids every day. But do they fit into a solution?