A review of the 56 recommendations from president's panel to combat opioid crisis

Country's leaders find new ways to deal with opioid epidemic

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Just last week, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

His panel was tasked with finding solutions to the crisis, and has released its final report recommending dozens of changes.

Cities like New Orleans are already making changes to deal with the opioid crisis.

The president's opioid commission, which was led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has made 56 recommendations to address the crisis.

One of the changes they want to see is for the Department of Education to work with states and their schools to identify at risk youth.

The president's panel believes that by identifying teens at risk of becoming addicts, with the help of a mass media campaign about the dangers of addiction, the nation will be able to help significantly prevent drug usage.

City and state leaders across the country have already started similar programs in the communities hardest hit by the growing epidemic.

They're hoping a push from the national level will finally start to turn things around.

" It absolutely is a national health emergency and it really needs a hundred percent of our focus and attention, it's just out of hand," Joyce Betty, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans. "In New Orleans alone, the amount of opioid deaths doubled from 2015 to 2016.  Last year 166 of the 211 drug deaths were from opioid overdose."

Last week, NOPD officers began training to learn how to use Narcan.

Narcan is a life saving drug for people who have overdosed. Eventually, all patrol officers will be carrying the drug with them.