“Democratic White House front-runner Hillary Clinton laid out her $10 billion plan on Thursday to tackle drug and alcohol addiction in the United States by boosting spending on treatment for addicts.
The plan, unveiled early last month, focuses on treating addiction, including $7.5 billion to support state and city treatment programs, emphasizing treatment over prosecution for low-level drug offenses and equipping all first responders with the drug naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses.
“Those states, those cities that are stepping up are going to get the funds,” under the plan, Clinton said in Boston on Thursday. “I hope that will serve as an example, because we’ve still got some denial going here.”
Addictions affect some 23 million Americans, or about one in every 14 people, according to federal data.
“There’s treatment for one in 10, so when you do wake up that morning and you do decide that you want to go and get some help, you’re lucky if you can find a place,” Clinton said.
Clinton has said she seized on addiction as a key issue after hearing questions about it repeatedly while talking with voters on campaign stops.”
Source: Reuters.com – October 1, 2015