By: Bethany Winkel
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On the Campaign Trail: Hillary Clinton Proposes Spending More Money to Combat Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton wants to spend $10 billion in new federal grants to combat drug and alcohol addiction. She, like several other candidates, has talked openly about wanting to find a way to put an end to heroin and prescription drug abuse. “It’s time we recognize as a nation that for too long, we have had a quiet epidemic on our hands. Plain and simple, drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, not a moral failing — and we must treat it as such,” said Clinton.
The real question is how does Clinton hope to accomplish the goal of ending these types of addiction? More than 23 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol. New Jersey residents should pay particular attention to politicians’ ideas because the state is struggling with a surge in heroin and prescription drug addiction and overdose. According to the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, drug-related deaths in New Jersey have skyrocketed in recent years, increasing 53 percent from 2010 to 2012. More than two-thirds of those deaths were due to prescription drug abuse.
Clinton’s plan would do the following:
- Prioritize treatment over incarceration, which would save money that can be used to pay for the program
- Make money available to states to create programs that educate the public, treat addicts, train prescribers, and equip first responders with opiate-reversing drugs
- Prevent nurse practitioners and physician assistants from prescribing opiates
- Review Medicare and Medicaid to be sure they cover proper treatment
Does this proposal sound good to you? Read more of Hillary Clinton’s proposal here, and then let us know what you think!