"By declaring this state of emergency, the president will be putting the full weight of his office behind this issue", Christie said in releasing the commission's preliminary report on July 31.
"We have a 9/11-scale loss every three weeks", New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, chair of the President's opioid commission, said Monday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "Declare a national emergency".
"If they don't start, they won't have a problem".
The president would have also been able to direct funds to equip police with Naloxone and provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies with more money to focus on the manufacturers and smugglers of unsafe drugs like fentanyl, which is a powerful painkiller that packs 25 to 50 times more punch than straight heroin, Sorensen said.
According to the Delaware County Daily Times, DelCo formed a Heroin Task Force, expanded treatment and educational resources, established new courts and programs for minor drug-related offenses, imposed a "Good Samaritan" provision that forgoes prosecution for overdosing addicts and supplies every police force with Narcan, a life-saving emergency nasal spray that can stop or reverse the effects of an overdose.
President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday the US would "win" the battle against the heroin and opioid plague, but stopped short of declaring a national emergency as his hand-picked commission had recommended.
Trump will be briefed on the crisis by Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price.
The new figures demonstrate the depths of the crisis gripping the country.
With opioid overdose deaths almost quadrupling nationally since 1999, President Trump emphasized his administration will combat the issue working with state government. We appreciate the Commission's hard work on this important interim report.
It criticized the White House's effort to repeal the healthcare law, saying this "would gut treatment and slash our ability to fight the epidemic".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced an investigative unit meant to catch doctors over-prescribing opioids for profit.
Trump also advocated for more abstinence-based treatment to combat the opioid crisis.
With the exception of the Senate's final "skinny" repeal bill, each GOP health care plan would have substantially rolled back the ACA's Medicaid expansion.
Trump has yet to propose specific legislation to combat the crisis.