The Clinton’s aren’t removed from addiction at all; in fact, it’s just the opposite. Bill and Hillary Clinton have lost three of their son’s friends to heroin addiction, according to the Huffington Post. Hillary’s campaign elucidated the need for established rehabilitation programs in rural America and the cities. The Clinton’s have contributed to making recovery attainable for the general public– the Huffington Post quotes Bill:
“I’ve now lost three children of three friends, so we’ve pioneered two things — cheaper injections of naloxone, Narcan. Then I got another company to make it in nasal spray form. Putting it in every high school, every college in America.”
Hillary’s campaign is slated to address the growing opiate epidemic in America with a $10 billion plan to eliminate substance use disorders. Siding with proven medical studies, presidential hopeful will encourage medically assisted treatment to prevent relapse and overdose of those who are undergoing rehabilitation. Conversely, as a life management tool, medically assisted treatment help people suffering from addiction to re-acclimate to normal living.
Here’s HIllary’s $10 Billion Action Plan for Combating Addiction:
- $7.5 billion will support federal-state partnerships for the duration of ten years, with the stipulation states must present plan for prevention and treatment
- $2.5 billion will be allocated to the grant program, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant over a ten year period
The Huffington Post quotes Clinton,
“When I started running, when I started thinking about this campaign, I did not believe I would be . . . talking about the drug abuse problem, the mental health problem and the suicide problem. But now I’m convinced I have to talk about it. I have to do everything I can in this campaign to raise it, to end the stigma against talking about it.”
Whatever your opinions of our presidential hopefuls, we know Hillary is committed to making a dent in the population’s negative perspective of substance use disorders. Whether her plans of mobilizing addiction treatment will be successful, we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think of Hillary’s $10 billion addiction plan?
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