"The opioid crisis is an emergency," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey country club, where he is on a two-week working vacation. "It's a national emergency.
"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," the president said. "It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had."
Trump's declaration of a "national emergency" came two days after he held a meeting with top advisers to discuss tackling the drug problem.
Such a declaration will allow for increased funding and resources to tackle the scourge of addiction to pain-killing drugs and heroin.
An estimated two to three million people are hooked on prescription painkillers or heroin, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and 90 people die every day in the United States from opioid overdoses.
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