The president’s announcement of an emergency over the opioid epidemic may be more symbolic, with no plan to assign money for state’s proposed measures

Donald Trump has ordered the declaration of a public health emergency in response to what he called the “national shame and human tragedy” of the US’s escalating opioid epidemic.

As a first step, the president said his administration is requiring the removal of what he called a “truly evil” prescription opioid from the market. But while he said he intends to “mobilise his entire administration” to combat the crisis, there was swift criticism of the lack of major new funds to deal with an epidemic claiming 100 lives or more a day.

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