Governors ask Trump, Congress to do more on opioid crisis

The National Governors Association (NGA) has issued a list of more than two dozen recommendations urging the Trump administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against opioids. The move marks the first coordinated, bipartisan response from the nation's governors since President Trump declared the U.S.

The National Governors Association (NGA) has issued a list of more than two dozen recommendations urging the Trump administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against opioids. The move marks the first coordinated, bipartisan response from the nation's governors since President Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency in October. The governors applauded him for taking a first step, which included a promise to support states' efforts to pay for drug treatment through Medicaid, but also called for more action. The governors are requesting a requirement that drug prescribers undergo substance abuse training and register to use state prescription drug databases. They also want increased access to naloxone and asked that Medicare cover methadone treatment for older adults. They said the federal government needs to do more to prevent illicit versions of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl from being transported into the country. The governors took a conciliatory tone in their document, calling for state-federal partnerships, and also urged the White House to put someone in charge of a coordinated effort on opioids.

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