An emergency declaration would empower the government to expand access to in-patient treatment and negotiate lower prices for overdose reversal drugs

If Donald Trump declares America’s opioid addiction crisis a national emergency, as a White House commission urged him to do earlier this week, it could mark a dramatic escalation in the administration’s response.

“Think what we would do in this country if Zika and Ebola were taking 100 lives every single day,” said Gary Mendell, the CEO of Shatterproof, a nonprofit working to end addiction.

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