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Christie-Led Opioid Commission Wants Trump to Declare National Emergency

Interim report recommends more treatment options, stopping flow of fentanyl, better interstate data-sharing

The federal commission appointed by President Donald Trump to address opioid abuse in the United States wants him to declare a national emergency.

Led by Gov. Chris Christie, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued an interim report yesterday that made several recommendations. They include:

  • Eliminating barriers to and increasing options for treatment,

  • Improving access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), which has proven to reduce overdose deaths and decrease the use of heroin,

  • Allowing Naloxone to be dispensed by standing order and put in the hands of all law enforcement,

  • Adding fentanyl detectors at land borders and post offices to stop its flow,

  • Enhancing interstate data-sharing to allow states to better track patient-specific prescription data,

  • Regulating patient privacy laws to ensure that information about substance abuse disorders is shared with medical professionals, and

  • Enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act — which prohibits health plans from imposing less favorable benefits for mental health and substance-use diagnoses.

The commission is expected to publish additional findings in the fall.

Approximately 142 people die every day from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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