Dear Mr. President: A Modest Proposal No need to debate this: Treating addiction as a disease is America’s greatest single opportunity to reduce costs to taxpayers, improve health and reduce crime.

“Although Obama and Romney don’t agree on much, they both say that reducing the budget is a priority. What neither candidate realizes (or acknowledges) is a substantial cut that’s hiding in plain sight: call addiction a disease. Taking this simple step would not only reduce the federal tab, it also would cut state and local spending, lower crime, traffic accidents, suicides, domestic violence, homelessness, birth defects and a host of other devastating and costly health and social ills. This relatively simply policy change also would improve the health and productivity of Americans across the country. It’s a no-brainer.”

Source: October 8, 2012

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