Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Trump Administration Declares Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency

October 26, 2017
In The News

A national state of emergency designation — rather than the public health emergency Trump announced — would have given the White House and the administration more power to free up treatment funding…. “It’s not nothing, but it’s not nearly adequate to the challenge,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat who has been a leading voice on the issue, of Thursday’s announcement. “It’s a big missed opportunity on the part of the president to show that our response as a nation is going to be one that is up to and meets the challenge.” … Trump also promised to support efforts at the National Institutes of Health to pursue research into non-addictive painkillers…. Sarbanes and public health experts said those ideas sounded fine, but they questioned the administration’s commitment given other changes the White House has proposed. The Trump administration has sought major cuts to both traditional Medicaid and the expanded Medicaid program approved in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this year the administration called for a $5.8 billion cut to NIH funding.