Calling into a live broadcast with Harry Hurley on WPG Talk Radio Friday morning, Christie did not address the White House's apparent change of heart, but said such a declaration would "make sure states get the resources they need to be able to address the emergency".
"Hopefully that will mean more resources to help both law enforcement and treatment providers, and, most importantly, people with substance use disorders", said Sen. "I think it just points out the fact that this is a nationwide epidemic".
In fact, there was nothing major about the president's opioid briefing, except for the part in which he offered the now-infamous "fire and fury like the world has never seen" quip regarding North Korea's nuclear capabilities. It also recommended developing non-opioid pain relievers, mandating medical education in opioid prescribing and stemming the flow of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, into the country.
She lost a son, a grandson and a son's girlfriend to drug overdoses.
"Today's declaration will further put a spotlight on an issue that deserves urgent attention and ensures that combatting this epidemic is a national priority for the country", said Brooks.
Trump says he has yet to speak with the governor of the territory, but says, "I feel that they will be very safe, believe me". "Anything that helps is good".
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These comments stand in stark contrast to the interim recommendations that President Trump's own bipartisan opioid commission released last month that would prioritize a health-based response to the crisis and greater access to medication-assisted treatment and naloxone.
Frankly, Trump's waffling - not to mention the dated approach to opioid addiction he initially espoused - was an insult to Christie's work. We need a national focus on this epidemic.
The announcement comes as states and local governments have struggled with this crisis.
On Tuesday, Trump received a private briefing on the crisis with administration officials and advisers.
Declaring an emergency allows Price's department to place affected populations on Medicare, reduce relevant prescription drug prices, and support research into prevention and treatment with the Public Health Emergency Fund, although as of past year, that fund held just $57,000, which I'd imagine the president does not consider "a lot of money".