Appalachian Highland Thrust Piedmont Province: Trump National Golf Club, BEDMINSTER, NJ — President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the national opioid crisis a “national emergency” after a drug commission led by Gov. Chris Christie called on his administration to do so.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” Trump told reporters at this Somerset County golf club.

A recent report from the Christie-led commission equated the 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses to the death toll of “September 11th every three weeks.”

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