Plans for drug abuse emergency join others in the slow lane – New York News

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci)

One month ago, President Donald Trump said he was about to brand widespread opioid abuse a national emergency. “It’s a serious problem the likes of which we’ve never had,” he said.

Formally declaring an emergency would allow federal agencies to quickly take steps and tap more funds for treatment and prevention.

Trump said Aug. 10 the White House was drawing up the necessary documents….

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