President Donald J. Trump has been teasing a “major announcement” on the “massive opioid problem” in recent weeks and plans to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency today. His handpicked Commission on Combating Drug Addiction—created via executive order in March—is set to release its final report of recommendations to tackle the opioid epidemic on November 1.
In its preliminary report, the Commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), urged the president to declare the opioid crisis a “a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act.” Such a move, they argued, would compel Congress to focus on funding and empower his cabinet to take the bold steps necessary to make forward progress.
And progress is desperately needed to stop record amounts of people from dying.