The Trump administration is apparently divided over whether the country needs to declare an opioid emergency.
Trump’s remarks came after his commission on combating drug abuse issued an “urgent” recommendation last week that he issue an emergency declaration.
It’s still unclear what the emergency declaration will look like. The laws that govern such declarations stipulate that the president himself spell out what resources will become available and what new authorities the administration will take on.
“We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey. “It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”
“But this is a national emergency and we are drawing documents now to so attest,” he added.
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