President Donald Trump’s opioid commission will meet today fewer than two weeks before its deadline to issue a final report with strategies for how to lead the nation out of a public health crisis.
The commission’s final report is scheduled for release on Nov. 1, which the commission had been originally slated to issue a month earlier. In its interim report, the commission demanded that the president declare a national emergency to stop the opioid crisis. Trump has said that he would but has not yet.
During a press briefing in the White House Rose Garden Monday, Trump signaled to reporters that he would make an announcement related to a declaration of a national emergency.
In 2016, an estimated 64,000 people died of drug overdose in the United States, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, roughly 20,000 deaths involved fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.