Today President Trump declared America’s opioid crisis a national public health emergency. While we’re not sure at this time what this will mean regarding providing relief to our communities, our VP of Programs, Hugh Guill was invited to the White House today to speak with officials and attend the signing of the declaration. You can find his response to the president’s declaration below:

Today President Trump directed acting Health Secretary Eric Hargan to declare the emergency via the Public Health Services Act, directing federal agencies to provide more grant funding to communities in order to combat the crisis. The administration noted they’ll be working with Congress to add money to the Public Health Emergencies Fund and increase federal funding for the emergency in budget deals at the end of the year currently being negotiated in Congress. We know this is yet another step in the long road to making our communities recovery-ready, but it was an important one. As you may remember, Hugh was one of a handful of leaders from across the country selected to provide recommendations to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. See YPR’s recommendations to the commission below

This is yet another step in the long road to making our communities recovery-ready, but it was an important one. As you may remember, Hugh Guill was one of a handful of leaders from across the country selected to provide recommendations to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. See YPR’s recommendations to the commission below:

It’s important to remember this declaration is for only 90 days. The president can renew every 90 days until he feels it is no longer needed. This means now is the time to keep the pressure up on not only Trump’s adminsitration, but all of local, state and federal agencies and legislators. This is where we need you – join us by starting a chapter of YPR or signing up to become a supporter to add your name to hundreds of thousands of voices fighting to make our communities recovery-ready. YPR’s network of chapters are leading the charge for recovery across the country will continue to utilize our seat at the table to advocate for recovery. We have a long battle ahead, but because of our advocate’s leadership, we’re confident we can turn the tide.