Trump Strategy on Opioids May Give Ammo to Critics

Will be 'public health emergency,' instead of broader 'national emergency'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2017 10:00 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2017 12:40 PM CDT
President Trump will speak on the opioid crisis Thursday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a "public health emergency" but stopped short of the designation of a "national emergency." (Read a recap of his speech here.) That distinction matters because it affects how much federal aid will be made available to states, and while critics think the move isn't sweeping enough, White House officials argue that the president's choice makes the most sense for this particular problem. Here's a look at what the designation will and won't do, including how it aims to increase the use of "telemedicine" to treat patients from afar:

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