Statement on President Barack Obama’s Address on Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

The Opioid Initiative supports President Barack Obama’s remarks last week on prescription drug abuse and heroin use at a community forum in West Virginia, a state significantly impacted by this epidemic.

“We commend the President for speaking out on this important issue, which is devastating families and communities across our nation. The community forum underscored the importance of reducing the stigma around substance abuse addictions and the need for all sectors of society to work hand-in-hand in comprehensive solutions.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget includes $133 million in new investments aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic, including expanding state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies. The Opioid Initiative applauds President Obama’s commitment to reducing prescription drug misuse and opioid abuse with these kinds of resources.


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