Sunday, October 15, 2017


Ask the President to Declare a National State of Emergency
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The time is now. The White House stated on August 10th, at the recommendation of the President's Commission on the Opioid Crisis, that it would declare a national state of emergency. Two months have passed and the official paperwork has not yet been signed. Meanwhile, in the past 60 days, another 8,640 people have died due to an accidental drug overdose.

Previous national emergencies have involved far fewer deaths. H1N1, or swine flu, which was declared a national emergency in 2009, was responsible for killing 1,000 people in a year. In contrast, 1,000 people are dying every WEEK due to an accidental drug overdose, in large part due to the opioid epidemic.
Doing so will free up additional disaster relief funds that can be accessed at the state level and can provide temporary waivers for Medicaid coverage for drug treatment. Thank you for your support to help end the opioid crisis.
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