Hillary Clinton unveils initiative to combat Virginia’s epidemic of drug, alcohol addiction
In Virginia, 641,000 people suffer from addiction or dependence on drugs and alcohol and need treatment, but are not current receiving it. Across the country, 23 million Americans suffer from addiction, and only 1 in 10 are being treated.
Today, Hillary Clinton rolled out her Initiative to Combat America’s Deadly Epidemic of Drug and Alcohol Addiction in a New Hampshire Union Leader op-ed.
“Across Virginia, prescription drug and heroin abuse is hurting families and posing significant public health challenges for our communities,” said Senator Tim Kaine. “I’ve heard from parents, health professionals, local law enforcement and employers about the many facets of this crisis – from limited access to the lifesaving drug naloxone to the over-prescription of dangerous opioids and the shortage of workers who can pass a drug test. I’m grateful Secretary Clinton has made combating drug abuse a central focus of her campaign and her initiative to fight drug addiction would make a difference in communities in Virginia and across the nation. Secretary Clinton recognizes that drug addiction isn’t just a criminal justice issue; it’s a chronic disease, and it’s time to start treating it as a public health challenge. I’m heartened that her initiative will empower the countless local leaders who are fighting this crisis through education, drug courts, and treatment programs by giving them the resources they need to combat this epidemic.”
It’s time to end government policies that are making this problem worse and invest in evidence-based programs to ensure access to effective, ongoing care for those who need it. Read the full factsheet for Clinton’s comprehensive plan HERE, and check out a testimonial from a Richmond, VA native who has been touched by substance use disorder and addiction.
– Source: Hillary Clinton campaign