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Politico: Trump's Opioid Emergency Order Comes Up Short

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By    |   Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:47 AM

President Donald Trump's 90-day public health emergency declaration, designed to fight the opioid epidemic, runs out on Jan. 23 — and virtually nothing of consequence has been done, according to Politico.

The website noted Trump had vowed to "liberate" Americans from the "scourge of addiction," but has not proposed any new resources or spending. And a promised "really tough, really big, really great" advertising campaign to call attention to the crisis has yet to be seen, Politico noted.

However, the White House disputed Politico's assessment. A senior official said that by declaring the emergency, Trump has used "his bully pulpit to draw further attention to this emergency that he inherited."

And the official said it has allowed federal agencies to "really change their focus and prioritize the crisis." As for the advertising, an effective media campaign "takes time," the official said.

Still, others remain critical, Politico said.

"I have not seen an explosion of activity linked to this declaration," said Rob Morrison, executive director of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. "None of our members have knocked on my door to say they have been provided money or actual people on the ground."

And former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who served on Trump's opioid advisory commission, said: "The unfortunate part is that the declaration conveyed to the public that something was being done, when nothing is actually being done."

Meanwhile, Trump signed a bill on Wednesday aimed at giving customs agents additional screening devices to stop illicit drugs from entering the U.S.

Trump described the bill as a "significant step forward" in the fight against opioids such as fentanyl.

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