Here’s how Massachusetts politicians responded to Trump’s opioid crisis declaration

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addresses the crowd at the 27th Annual Recovery Day Celebration in September.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addresses the crowd at the 27th Annual Recovery Day Celebration in September. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency on Thursday. The declaration will last 90 days and allow the government to redirect resources, but it does not commit any extra federal money to fighting the crisis.

Here’s how Massachusetts politicians responded:

Governor Charlie Baker

Attorney General Maura Healey

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

Congressman Seth Moulton

Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Senator Elizabeth Warren (via email)

“After months of inaction, President Trump has taken a step in the right direction by declaring that the opioid crisis sweeping our nation is an emergency – as Senator Murkowski and I urged him to do in a letter earlier this month. But the administration must do more to back up its commitments with action. States and communities need a significant increase in federal funding for existing opioid addiction programs – and today’s announcement from the President does not deliver those funds. If the President is serious about working with Congress to secure increased funding, he needs to get to work immediately and appoint a Health and Human Services Secretary who can follow through on these promises. I’ll be fighting to ensure that Massachusetts families get the help they need.”