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Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Public Health Emergency

CNN (10/26) – President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency on Thursday, telling an audience in the East Room of the White House that “we can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.” …Trump’s move is different from the broad order the President previewed over the last few months. On Thursday, the President directed acting Health Secretary Eric Hargan to declare a public health emergency under the Public Health Services Act — which directs federal agencies to provide more grant money to combat the epidemic — not a national emergency through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The difference between the two orders is money and scope. Read more

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