(Bloomberg) – President Donald Trump said he's ready to declare opioid addiction a national emergency, which could clear the way for extra funding and government authority to address a wave of overdose deaths.

"We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," Trump said Thursday as he addressed reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest."

Key talking point during campaign

Trump, who made the issue a key talking point during his campaign, previously received an interim report from a commission he appointed that called for declaration of a national emergency. The action would give the administration additional tools, such as allowing the government to negotiate lower prices for overdose-reversal drugs, according to the draft.

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