Governor Edwards Lauds President's Stance On Opioid Crisis

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Governor John Bel Edwards is praising President Trump's declaration yesterday that the ongoing opioid addiction crisis is a federal public health emergency.

The Advocate reports that Edwards called it a "very good first start" in tackling the problem that has led to thousands of deaths nationwide.

But, Edwards and others are concerned the declaration won't make any new federal dollars available, but would allow Louisiana to divert funds set aside for the fight against HIV infections to address the state's opioid addiction problems.

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