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Tom Price said the Trump Administration believes opioids can be tackled without resorting to invoking emergency powers. (Photo: Price's office)

Despite recommendations by his own task force to declare a “national emergency” to help combat the opioid epidemic, the Trump administration’s approach to the problem appears instead to be a reliance on previously less-than-effective efforts to urge people to abstain from opioid use and impose longer, harsher prison terms for those who succumb. 

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