Public Health Nurse Lisa Roberts, with the Portsmouth, Ohio, Health Department, said she believes a national emergency declaration could increase relief for rural areas struggling to keep up with the crisis.
There is no word yet on what changed the President's mind, or what steps he will take to end the opioid epidemic after declaring the national emergency.
Every year, for the last four years, 30 people in the county have died from an opioid overdose.
"It's my hope that President Trump will be more engaged, be more active on this issue nationally, whether or not it required a declaration of emergency as opposed to other serious steps", he said.
This is a developing story. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump were among the attendees.
He, however, cautioned that efforts to combat and prevent opioid addiction could suffer if Republicans continue to target Medicaid, a health care program which covers millions of Americans with substance use disorders.
"We're very much in agreement", Mr. Trump said.
Trump's remarks Thursday came after his commission on combatting drug abuse issued an "urgent" recommendation last week that he issue an emergency declaration.
"As I have said before, I am completely confident that the President will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country", he said.
He told reporters that the current swathe of addictions was on a scale never seen before in the United States, adding that he would shortly prepare documents to formalise the declaration of a national emergency over the issue. And worse, an insult to everyone in this country who, either directly or indirectly, has endured the pain of drug addiction and fatal overdoses. "The scourge of opioid addiction". Data from a Harvard/NYU study show that in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia almost 215,000 additional people were able to seek mental health and addiction treatment after the Medicaid expansion.