CNN reports that on Thursday the Trump administration designated the opioid crisis a national emergency, which will offer states and federal agencies more resources and power.
Unfortunately, even with a national emergency, people will continue to die. By throwing vast amounts of money at the system, addicts will possibly get care more quickly. But the prognosis is dire, with proven links between drug addiction and mental health, this becomes a chronic challenge. Simply, the problem’s multi-dimensional and it’s not clear that Trump’s national emergency will have wide enough terms of reference.