Opioids: a Health Emergency

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President Donald Trump recently declared the United States’ opioid crisis a “health emergency.” This indicates the government will begin addressing the growing epidemic of opioid-related deaths—over 59,000 in 2016 alone.

The specific wording of the president’s declaration (calling it a “health emergency” instead of a “national emergency”) means no funds will be immediately allocated to the cause. Although, the White House claims it will request money from Congress in the coming months.

While the government figures out next steps, you can help curb the problem in your own community by educating employees about the dangers of opioid addiction.

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