President Trump To Declare Opioid Crisis A "National Emergency" As Deaths Skyrocket

Tyler Durden's picture

Two days after President Donald Trump said the US has “no alternative” but to triumph over the worsening opioid overdose crisis, the president said he is preparing to declare the opioid crisis – America’s worst public health crisis in decades - a national emergency.

"We're going to draw it up and we're going to declare it as a national emergency," Trump told reporters on Thursday, according to Axios. In declaring a crisis – a course of action that was recommended by the opioid commission that Trump appointed in March – Trump would be overruling Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, who said just two days ago that an emergency declaration wasn't necessary.

During a press conference in New Jersey Thursday afternoon, Trump described the rash of opioid-related deaths as “an emergency” and promised to spend “a lot of money” on the crisis.

In a preliminary report issued late last month, Trump’s opioid commission made a handful of recommendations that can be swiftly implemented once an emergency is declared. They include stepping up interdiction of deadly opioid analogues like fentanyl and carfentanil, cracking down on health insurers who refuse to cover mental-health issues like addiction treatment and making opioid overdose antidotes like naloxone widely available to the public.  

Opioids are driving an unprecedented increase in drug overdoses as users who were once hooked on painkillers turn to more dangerous drugs like heroin, which is increasingly being cut with powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl, causing many unsuspecting addicts to overdose. The crisis is leading to so many deaths in some areas that one Pennsylvania coroner had to increase the size of his freezer to make room for all the bodies. Drug overdose deaths in the US reached a record high of 64,000 during the first nine months of 2016, according to data released by the CDC.

Read the rest of the commission’s preliminary report below:

2017.08.10opioids by zerohedge on Scribd



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LawsofPhysics's picture

Remember, it isn't a "crisis" if the substance is legal to consume...


Bonus;  "Drinking is the curse of the working class"... 



SethPoor's picture

Cursing is the work of the drinking class.

Nobodys Home's picture

Work is the curse of the drinking class.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

And we're gonna try prohibition again! Because 100% failure rate just isn't good enough....when there's 110%.

BennyBoy's picture


No more US troops guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan!

Use napalm, agent orange for poppy fields.

But then US banks will tank because drug money laundering are about 20% of profits, right Citi, BA WF.....

American Psycho's picture

"I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

Tippoo Sultan's picture

The President must remove Pence from the '20 ticket. Pence's committment to the Trump agenda is dubious at best, and he remains close to the Swamp, who seek Trump's destruction.

Replace with Senator Tom Cotton.

The_Juggernaut's picture

How is it that everyone's on opioids and nobody ever offers me any?  I like to take the edge off every now and then as much as the next guy.

Clint Liquor's picture

Trump calls it an epidemic, I call it Evolution! The dumb ones are supposed to get eaten or in this case OD.

SixIsNinE's picture

gottaget on the Colorado IPA & Kind Herb Train....add a little music from Be-At.TV and you will totally forget there is even a "opiate" thing in existence.


quoting some FEPE on the other Trump thread, someone called Lil' Kim a "  Fat Little Man Bear Boy Pig Algore PoleSmoker"


stay sharp fellow FEPEs


Tip O' the Beak  :)

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


The opioid crisis is an emergency... we're going to crack down on marijuana!

BeanusCountus's picture

Just me, but I haven't heard much public outrage from the families of "victims" of the opioid epidemic. A couple of parents who blame someone else for the fentanol od, but very little other than that. Is this an epidemic? Hardly.

two hoots's picture

Any personal responsibility in this report?   I know, the constitution forbids responsiblity as long as one is pursuing happiness through drugs or whatever, it's not clear.  It's our right.

earleflorida's picture

opiates were fine in china also in the Qing [Puyi Emperor's] Dynasty, until the Emperor's Treasury was seriously being deleted of all its silver leaving the country and him broke! He was thusly overthrown in 1912 by the 'Republic of China'--- and it began as the British and America's... not to forget the Jap's had planned!!!

WWI here we come?!?

SixIsNinE's picture

1912?  say,  wasn't that an exceptionally special year for the Republic of United States?

Christmas 1912.... Private Bankster Cabal extorts special privileges written on paper... special Fiatskies for All !  barbarous relics be damned!  notes on paper for all !


something about handing over the purse to a private Bankster cartel, right?

and then why not give everyone a special number and track them and tax them for all their years on the realm....

then why not make a special point of notification about the chosenites who happened to have a number on their arms by the evil Deutschers... how dare they refer to a human by a number !



Whoa Dammit's picture

1) Who owns the rehab centers that will benefit from this "crisis"?

2) Why not go after the docs who write the scripts and the pharma companies who make the opiods?

a Smudge by any other name's picture

1) Who owns the rehab centers that will benefit from this "crisis"?

Dunno but police, judicial and prosecutorial pensions tend to be very heavy on private jails. They are heavily vested in their jobs (which all come down to keeping humans in cages).

2) Why not go after the docs who write the scripts and the pharma companies who make the opiods?

The opioid addict will simply return to the original street product: heroin. This is very convenient as .gov has a role in Afghani poppy production.


Lore's picture

You nailed it: "Gotta keep the customers on life support (on the public dime) so they can keep consuming our Product, making 'us' a lot of money."

God, please bring your judgement swiftly...

The Wizard's picture

Rand Paul would be a perfect replacement.

Tell Sessions to go do some research on CBD and Cannabis oil. Maybe he will discover MJ is helping a great deal in getting people off opinoids. Cannabinols and terpenes are what is natural and more effective.

He wouldn't dare since it would piss off Big Pharma. Goldman and the corporatocracy rules.

WarPony's picture

The zionista Sassoon family (Rothschilds of the east) has ruled the opium world since before the Chinese opium wars, even has the sole charter from the queen of England to import opiods into the commonwealth.

earleflorida's picture


Fact:  FDR and his Delano family made their fortunes in the opiate trade in Hong Kong

The Wizard's picture

That is what the Boston harbor tea party was all about.

earleflorida's picture

are you shiting me!

the war in afghanistan is 'OVER' we WON!

but, now it shall be called the 'War on Drugs'... [and], is now an official health crisis regarding 'nat'l. security?

look for at min., one hundred thousand american anti-poppi troops to be stationed / deployed in 'Poppi`Land' as a backdoor to interfere with China's 'OBOR'!

it's also a twofer[?] taking away the 'CIAs' terrorist sponsored money, undermining Trump's agenda state-side?

me thinks? 

lew1024's picture

Forget the active measures.

Get the CIA out of the smuggling business and legalize all drugs.

If people have good cannabis, the number of opioid users and alcoholics will greatly decline.  That is proven fact in every jurisdiction where cannabis has been legalized for medical use.

Policing costs fall, prison costs decline, ER visits by drug addicts ditto, ...

Exactly why none of the major institutions want drugs legalized, of course.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Curses!  I'm late for work, time to drink!

The Cooler King's picture

Put Neidermeyer on it... He's a sneaky son of a bitch

junction's picture

Of course, no mention of the massive importation of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid made in China, among other places.  Nor how the FDA hooked hundreds of thousands of hospital patients on Purdue Pharma oxycontin by approving oxycontin as a 12 hour pain reliever when everyone knew the opioid only worked for 8 hours.  So, like Pavlovian dogs, these patients were conditioned to want oxycontin, beoming addicted.  Making billions for the Sackler family. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

On the other hand, chronic pain exists.   But upvote for saying fentanyl.   Very hard to stop that flowing in     Tiny tiny amounts to a long way so it isn't like stopping some bulky drug like weed or still relatively bulky drug like cocaine(in comparison to fentanyl)

stocktivity's picture

First thing to do is fire redneck Jeff (only bad people smoke marijuana) Sessions. Marijana use for pain has been shown to be effective. In states where marijuana is medically legal, there are 25% fewer opium deaths. Because our government schedules marijuana a schedule 1 drug (same as heroin), it cannot be researched more. Maybe decalring a national emergency will allow funds to be used to at least test marijuana properties to fight pain management. With Sessions as attorney general, that ain't happening!

813kml's picture

Weed ain't coming to Mayberry till Aunt Bee's giving 25 cent BJs (50's pricing) for a dab of smack.

graftvshost's picture

Makes way too much sense.  It'll never fly...

Bob's picture

And then there's carfentanil, which is 100x more potent than fentanyl.

Surprisingly, more entertaining:

LittleGreenMan's picture

This is an amazing piece by John Oliver who shows how Purdue Pharma's sales ppl lied to physicians and convinced them that new "evidence" (a letter to the editor) showed that opioids were no where near as addictive as previously thought, so they were allowing their patients to suffer needlessly.

We didn't have an opioid crisis (and now a heroin crisis) until Purdue Pharma created it.

Clock Crasher's picture

Yesterday I called Beer the "American form of Soma" Got a handful of down votes.  But it, like legal-to-consume opioids are here to stay.

Don't fix symptoms fix the cause. Why are Americans seeking and abusing opioids?

libertyanyday's picture

Why are Americans seeking and abusing opioids?


Same reason we have used drugs since we first walked the earth.............because we can.  There is nothing to stop or fix, or understand, or do about it, it is a choice that many people make and many people dont understand.......foeget about it..........

Countrybunkererd's picture

Funny how a person can't OD from marijuana use.  Manmade stuff, well that is quite different.

consider me gone's picture

If one could OD from weed I would not be commenting. I no longer smoke since 35 years was plenty, but to me weed is the perfect drug if used in moderation.

Clock Crasher's picture

People without purpose, meaning and goals in their life turn manic depressive, then cynical, then nihilistic.  The gapping hole in their constant missery called life is filled with things like opioids.

Return purpose, meaning and realistic goals of a successful future for the People of America and it would do some good to this "national emergency" of opioid abuse/death.

Psilocybin and Ibogane look like good treatments as well.

Countrybunkererd's picture

If (an likely you are IMO) this is correct:

With the influx of college grads who were told they could do anything they ever wanted (and called prince and princess since birth) hits the job market and realize they are exactly average this is probably not going away soon.

Clock Crasher's picture

Agreed.  I am a fan of personal responsibility.  Having said that.. personality traits are established early on in life, I'm talking about it in the home, as an infant-child-adolescent, with mom and dad (or lack there of one).  From what I can tell absentee parenting combined with below average IQ results in the development of unwise adults who are prone to adverse personality traits, bad decision making and possibly things like opioid abuse or alcoholism and other vices.

Unfortunately governments can not legislate good parenting.  That's a grass movement event that would take a generation or more of formation.

Just a thesis of mine.

snaphooker's picture

When there's no hope there's dope


consider me gone's picture

On returning purpose to peoples lives, I would say that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

Vageling's picture

*Burp*, Yo, toss me a new beer! 

The legal ain't the issue. If it was they known better. Let the peasants have their painkillers. Try to earn on that. Keep them down, (while earning taxes). I've seen this. And it's not like I don't grab a bottle once a while, too. Or a beer. Cuz I do. But this shit is insane. Sounds like shadow policy. All that bla bla which is incongruent to what happens.  

factorypreset's picture

Two simple steps: start putting doctors who over prescribe opioids in jail and get the CIA the fuck out of Afghanistan. 

veritas semper vinces's picture

Is he going to outlaw the See Eye Ayyy  ,which is the main cause of it? And big Pharma?

activepatriot's picture

Maybe he can tell the CIA to stop selling so much of it to pay for their nefarious activities

Juggernaut x2's picture

When people have no hope they turn to dope

The Cooler King's picture

If Trumps keeps up with this TWITTER fueled whack a mole clown show, Mossad is gonna steal the whole drug running operation right from under Langley's webb feet.

libertyanyday's picture

sherlock holmes was a coke head. I think its boredom that causes many to 'cross to the dark side '.