USA Today (7/31, Estepa) reports that the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis “called for a national emergency over the opioid epidemic in a report released Monday.” The interim report from the commission described the crisis as “unparalleled,” and said that by declaring a national emergency, “President Trump’s cabinet would be able to take action and would force Congress to find funding for solutions.” The report states, “It would also awaken every American to this simple fact: If this scourge has not found you or your family yet, without bold action by everyone, it soon will. … You, Mr. President, are the only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.”
The New York Times (7/31, Goodnough, Subscription Publication) says the panel also “proposed waiving a federal rule that sharply limits the number of Medicaid recipients who can receive residential addiction treatment.” In addition, it recommended “expanding access to medications that help treat opioid addiction, requiring ‘prescriber education initiatives’ and providing model legislation for states to allow a standing order for anyone to receive naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.”
The Washington Post (7/31, Ingraham) reports the commission’s report’s recommendations include “encouraging the development of non-opioid pain relievers,” broadening “good Samaritan” laws, and “mandating that every local law enforcement officer in the nation carry naloxone.”
— “Commission urges President Trump to declare emergency over opioid crisis,” Jessica Estepa, USA Today, July 31, 2017.