One Paramedic's View Of The Growing Opioid Crisis05:58
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Used syringes are viewed at a needle exchange clinic where users can pick up new syringes and other clean items for those dependent on heroin on Feb. 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Used syringes are viewed at a needle exchange clinic where users can pick up new syringes and other clean items for those dependent on heroin on Feb. 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Trump is declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday. The order could give states more flexibility in how they spend federal money to respond to the drug overdose crisis, which last year was the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, claiming more than 64,000 lives.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks with James Dlutowski (@JamesDlutowski), a paramedic for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Emergency Medical Services who has a front-line view of the opioid crisis.

This segment aired on October 26, 2017.

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