Major Trump speech on opioid crisis may prove controversial

Source: CBS News

WASHINGTON — President Trump is poised to deliver a major speech Thursday on fighting the opioid epidemic, the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history.

“We’re going to have a big meeting on opioids tomorrow,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he left the White House Wednesday en route to Texas. He said his plan to officially declare the crisis a national emergency would give his administration the “power to do things that you can’t do right now.”

But president won’t go that far. White House officials confirm to CBS News that Mr. Trump will instead “order his health secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency — but will stop short of declaring a more sweeping state of national emergency.”

USA Today was first to report on the president’s revised intentions. 

The newspaper adds his “decision to go with

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