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Clinton Campaign Releases 10-year, $10 billion Addiction Initiative

by Susan Awad | September 2, 2015

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a 10-year, $10 billion initiative to combat addiction in the US. Under the plan, the federal government would invest $7.5 billion in partnerships with the states to:

  • Implement prevention programs targeted at teens;
  • Bolster treatment and recovery through workforce training and enforcement of the parity law;
  • Equip first responders with naloxone;
  • Institute training requirements for prescribers of controlled substances; and
  • Reform the criminal justice system to prioritize treatment over incarceration for non-violent drug offenses.

The plan also calls for immediate federal actions including a $2.5 billion increase to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and a change to federal regulations that restrict the use of medications for opioid addiction.

ASAM has long championed many components of Ms. Clinton’s plan, such as mandatory prescriber education, increased access to naloxone, and raising the cap on the number of patients to whom a physician can prescribe buprenorphine. It’s promising to see these issues now elevated to the level of presidential debate!

In the meantime, it’s crucial that we keep the pressure on our currently elected leaders to make needed changes to increase access to treatment. To lend your voice to the cause, sign up to join us for ASAM’s 10th Annual Legislative Day on Monday, October 5, and let your Members of Congress know what they can do today to reduce the burden of addiction in the U.S.

 

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  1. Sarah bridges Dec 18, 2017 - 10:33 PM
    Did she end up going through with these plans?
  2. MARYHELEN May 29, 2016 - 01:44 PM
    Make Law to treat the disease above incarceration to save the Lives of the Addict and those at risk.  Bend the current Law and Plea Agreements that serve as avoiding the issue.  Please all allow "Break the Cycle" of abuse and relapse to become priority over any Law that only WAREHOUSES the disease.  The disease is treatable, and serves as a tool for survival and intervention.

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