As Congress prepares to debate whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, one issue that has been a rallying cry for many is the nation’s opioid crisis.
While there are some who argue that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans should have done more to help the struggling nation when it comes to the opioid epidemic, there is also widespread concern that the president and his team have been too slow in responding to the crisis.
The president has been criticized for his slow response to the epidemic and the fact that he has not issued a call for a federal emergency declaration, but that is not to say he has been unresponsive to the health needs of Americans.
“It’s been the case in the last couple of years that we have not had a national emergency declared,” said Dr. James Dolan, the president of the National Association of Physicians and Surgeons, adding that the lack of action has not only affected the health of Americans, but also the lives of those suffering from the disease.
Dolan said that a lack of response is the main reason he believes the president has not been more aggressive in addressing the crisis and, therefore, the opioid crisis has taken a larger toll on the country.
We’re not really doing anything. “
The president is making excuses and it’s a distraction.
We’re not really doing anything.
If the president were to do a real national emergency declaration to declare a national health emergency, that would be the start of a process, and the public would be really supportive of that,” Dolan added.
“But I don’t think we’re getting a full-on national emergency response from the president.”
According to a survey conducted by the University of Washington last year, 62 percent of Americans believe the president is not doing enough to address the opioid pandemic.
Daren Moller, the director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, said that the Trump administration has a long way to go to address public health concerns.
“We need to make sure the public understands the president’s lack of urgency on this,” Moller said.
“They need to hear what he’s doing.
They need to understand that the response to this crisis has been slow, the response has been not effective.
The public needs to know that the opioid is out of control and they need to know we have the resources and tools to fight it.”
Moller also pointed to the president refusing to issue an emergency declaration after the 2014 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.
Moller added that the administration is doing its part to address opioid issues by offering $5 billion in emergency relief funding and by providing incentives for states to increase drug treatment programs.
However, the Trump Administration is not providing much support to states to do that.
The opioid crisis is the third-largest public health problem in the United States, affecting millions of Americans across the country, and it has already taken a huge toll on state budgets.
Dolar, the chief executive officer of the New York City-based National Association for Public Health, said the crisis has created a “huge fiscal burden” on state governments, and that it is “not clear” that Congress will provide the $5.2 billion that the federal government has requested.
“I don’t know if the president wants to give the federal money,” he said.
Moller said that he does not see that as a problem.
“What we need to do is get people out of the emergency room,” Mollher said.
In addition to federal resources, Mollerman also said that state and local governments need to be involved.
“There’s no question that states need to get involved, but there needs to be accountability,” he added.
Molls report, which was released Monday, also found that more than 1 in 3 people who have tried opioids in the past year have tested positive for the drug, including one-third of people who used heroin.
“This is not a pandemic,” Dolar said.
The report also found an increased use of prescription opioids and the use of heroin in the states, and found that there are more deaths from opioids than from car crashes, suicides, and gun violence combined.
The CDC also reported that the number of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. increased by more than 500 percent from 2012 to 2016.
“Our opioid epidemic is a national security issue, it is a health issue, and now it is affecting the lives and futures of millions of people,” Molls said.
But not everyone is on board with the president being more aggressive.
“The opioid crisis that we’re facing is not going to be solved by the president,” Murch said.
For now, Murch and others say the focus should be on getting people off opioids.
“Every day that we don’t have a national opioid crisis, it’s one more