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Kelsey C. Priest, Allison W. Leof, Dennis McCarty, and Valerie King

On August 10, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the opioid crisis will be declared “a national emergency.” This announcement was in line with one of the nine recommendations made by the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (the Commission) from its July 31, 2017, interim report. Commission members created the report through discussions with all 50 state governors and governors’ offices; reviewing more than 8,000 public comments; conducting “listening sessions” with bipartisan congressional representatives, key presidential cabinet members, health care professionals, treatment experts, and scientists in the addiction field; and convening a public meeting where addiction-related nonprofits provided testimony.


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