Trump: US opioid epidemic 'a national emergency'
US President Donald Trump has declared addiction to opioid painkillers in the US a national emergency and says his administration is drawing up plans to tackle it.
Answering a reporter's question, he described it as "a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had".
The number of deaths from the drugs, which were prescribed to a third of Americans in 2015, has quadrupled in 20 years.
10 Aug 2017
- From the section US & Canada