Donald Trump said he will officially declare a national emergency over the opioid addiction epidemic in America.
The President said urgent action was needed as he pledged more government resources to help solve the crisis at a press conference at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: it is an emergency, it's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis >
A recent report found that 142 people died from drugs abuse in the US every day - a toll which is "equal to September 11 every three weeks".
Mr Trump received a briefing on the drugs report earlier this week during his 17-day working vacation in New Jersey.
He told reporters that the current swathe of addictions was on a scale never seen before in the US, adding that he would shortly prepare documents to formalise the declaration of a national emergency over the issue.
Health and human services secretary Tom Price later seemed to suggest that the President may not go so far as he had suggested.
Mr Price said additional funding and support could be made available without making a formal declaration, but added that all options were "on the table".
The current US addiction epidemic cuts across class boundaries, with many middle class people among those affected.
Police chiefs have admitted they are struggling to cope and are at a loss to deal with the root causes of the crisis.