Price says working toward declaring opioid crisis national emergency

Price says working toward declaring opioid crisis national emergency
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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceHere’s how Trump’s tax law is raising health insurance premiums Press: Drain the swamp – of Scott Pruitt States must hold Trump to his word on working with them to solve ObamaCare MORE said his staff is working with the White House to officially declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. 

"The president has talked recently about raising the level of the opioid crisis to an emergency, and we're working on that with his staff literally as we speak," Price said ThursdayWMUR reported.
 
Last month, Trump said his administration was working to draft paperwork to officially declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency — which was the "first and most urgent" recommendation the president's opioid commission gave in its interim report.
 
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So far, an official declaration hasn't been made. The move would be new territory for the federal government, as national emergency status is typically designated for natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks. There's also been skepticism of how exactly the declaration would help the crisis. 
 
The comments from Price came at a New Hampshire event where he was touting more than $200 million of grants to health centers for mental health and substance use disorder services. The funds were appropriated in the fiscal 2017 omnibus bill.