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Doctor: Under National Emergency, President Could More Easily Deploy 'Rapid' Responses To Opioid Crisis05:10Download

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A reporter holds up an example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly, after a news conference about deaths from fentanyl exposure, at DEA headquarters in Arlington, Va. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A reporter holds up an example of the amount of fentanyl that can be deadly, after a news conference about deaths from fentanyl exposure, at DEA headquarters in Arlington, Va. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

A preliminary report issued Monday by a presidential commission calls for a national emergency declaration due to the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Bertha Madras, of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, joined Morning Edition.

This segment aired on August 1, 2017.

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