On August 10th, at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Trump stated he plans to declare a national emergency on the current opioid crisis. He is currently drafting paperwork to make it official.
What made him move ahead with this decision?
On Tuesday, Trump received a private briefing on the crisis with the drug commission he established to address this crisis. The commission pushed for him to declare a crisis, saying it should be one of his top priorities.
The declaration will force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the executive branch in the national crisis. President Trump hopes to work with law enforcement in helping keep drugs from pouring into the country and keep drug dealers off the streets.
Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, said that according to federal data, 52,000 people died from overdoses in 2015, most of them opioid related. It's gotten to the point where 100 Americans are overdosing every day.
Trump says that “it is a serious problem” and something the United States has never seen before.