“The Trump administration is extending an emergency declaration for the opioid crisis after accomplishing little under the order since it was announced three months ago.
A notice posted to the HHS website Friday said acting Secretary Eric Hargan would extend the public health emergency, which was originally declared in late October. The order was originally set to expire Tuesday.
The designation gives federal health agencies the authority to quickly hire more treatment specialists and reallocate money to strengthen the response to the epidemic that killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016.
“This is further evidence of the Trump administration’s strong, ongoing commitment to addressing this crisis and protecting the health and well-being of the American people,” a HHS spokesperson said Friday evening.”
Source: Politico.com – January 19, 2018
See related article: Governors Ask Trump and Congress to Do More for Fight Against Opioids – 1/18/18 available at: http://time.com/5108758/governors-trump-congress-opioids/