In The News: WISH: Lawmakers ask for renewal of opioid public health emergency declaration

Friday, January 19, 2018

Lawmakers ask for renewal of opioid public health emergency declaration

By Brittany Lewis

Indiana senators and representatives are asking President Trump to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration. It’s set to expire on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Back in October, President Trump asked the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, allowing the government to accelerate temporary appointments of people

… According to a spokesperson for Rep. Jackie Walorski, she signed onto a letter being sent Saturday urging the president to renew the emergency declaration and to work with Congress to advance additional funding to address the opioid crisis.

In a statement to 24 Hour News 8 she said:

The epidemic of opioid abuse is taking lives, destroying families, and devastating communities across the country. The president was right to declare a public health emergency, and I believe this declaration must be renewed so we can continue working on solutions. I am committed to working with my colleagues, the administration, and state and local leaders to ensure our communities have the tools and resources needed to end this crisis.

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