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Opioid addiction declared a national public health emergency

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(WDAY)—President Trump is officially declaring opioid addiction, a "national public health emergency."

The order doesn't add any federal funding, but federal agencies will be directed to devote more grant money already in their budget to the problem.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar was at the White House for the announcement.

She says the declaration is a big step in the right direction that she hopes is followed by action.

"Actions speak louder than words. So, while he said the right words today about the gravity of the epidemic, I want to see what he's going to do in the next few months. We need his backing on a lot of this legislation that would be more aggressive than the original framework bill that we passed," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota.

Klobuchar has been working on legislation to monitor a patient's past drug prescriptions and to have better tracking within the Postal Service, which is used to ship illegal drugs.

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