Verify: What is a public health emergency?

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In August and just last week, President Trump promised to declare a State of National Emergency over the opioid crisis.

But on Thursday he said, "my administration is officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law." There's a big difference between the two.

So what is national health emergency?

Here's what our VERIFY team found:

These declarations are primarily used for short-term emergencies. It mostly frees up money and creates more flexibility to round up federal, state and private resources.

  • In this case, it shifts grants to help people get treatment and opens up an option for telemedicine, which will help people in rural area.
  • It lets states and the feds hire substance abuse specialists on a temporary basis.
  • The declaration also frees up Labor Department grant money for people out of a job because of addiction to get treatment.
  • Finally, it taps into the Public Health Emergency Fund.

To read more about Public Health Emergencies, click here

Prescription opioids are primarily prescribed to help people manage pain.
Here's a list of opioids and their respective brand names.

List of opioids and their respective brand names by wfaachannel8 on Scribd

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If you suspect someone you love is battling opioid addiction, here are some resources:
Treatment Services Locator
For Parents 
For Pregnant Women

More information:
FDA
FDA List 
HHS
NIH
Michigan State Research