Exclusive: President Trump to declare public health emergency for opioids, a partial measure to fight drug epidemic

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In 2016, more than 64,000 Americans died of an accidental drug overdose, now the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50. Powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl are driving overdose rates so high that the death toll for 2017 is on track to eclipse 2016 by another half in some areas. Still, in 2015, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

President Donald Trump is set to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency—the equivalent to the designation a state may get during a natural disaster. National emergency status will free up funding and give agencies authority to shift resources to hone in on combating the crisis.

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