This declaration gives the authority to state government to take the required steps to combat the emergency.
Let us hope that the steps taken will not be knee-jerk reactions and would see the other side of the coin too.
Opioid overdose deaths could well be the current major problem in the USA; but the world over there are two kinds of opioid crisis. And globally, the bigger crisis is the pain burden and serious health-related suffering caused by lack of access to opioids to treat pain.
Let us remember the principle of balance: we have a duty to contain the current problem of non-medical use of opioids; just as we have a duty to make opioids available for those who need them desperately. Like this man.
Source: Pallium Kulasekharam