Nearly three weeks ago, President Trump gathered reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, NJ to announce his response to the opioid epidemic. Declaring an emergency was one of the key recommendations from the president’s special commission on opioids. But while Trump said the opioid crisis was an emergency, he didn’t actually declare it an emergency. In order to do that, the president first has to issue a formal declaration, send it to Congress, and then have it published in the Federal Register.
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