President Donald Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency to combat the opioid crisis recently and news outlets were quick to turn to Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Paul Hanly for his thoughts on the declaration.
For Hanly, often regarded as an authority on the opioid epidemic, the declaration was not enough.
“This declaration does not go far enough,” he said in his statement. “We can’t keep using a Band-Aid to fight an epidemic that is destroying families and communities across the country. I look forward to learning more about the administration’s plans to combat the opioid crisis, while also holding the manufacturers of these highly addictive and dangerous drugs accountable for the damages they’ve caused.”
Hanly, like others who are on the frontline battling the epidemic, were hoping instead for a national disaster declaration, which would have made more funds available to combat the crisis.
Bloomberg was one of several media outlets to contact Hanly for comment after the President’s declaration. He participated in both television and radio interviews with them on the subject, which can be seen and listened to below.
Paul Hanly – Bloomberg Radio Interview