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Governors to President Trump, Congress: Do more to solve opioid crisis

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Governors of both parties are calling on Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration to provide more federal money and improve coordination to deal with America’s deadly opioid crisis.

The National Governors Association released a list of recommendations for action on Thursday.

It comes less than three months after President Trump declared a public health emergency to deal with the epidemic of addictions and deaths associated with opioids, a group of drugs that includes prescription painkillers, heroin and fentanyl.

Those drugs have fueled an overdose crisis that claims the lives of roughly 90 Americans every day.

The governors praised President Trump’s declaration while calling for more action. They want Medicaid reimbursements for larger addiction treatment facilities and federal research into non-drug pain treatment methods, such as acupuncture.