“We’re not just now “discovering” this problem”, Clinton said in an op-ed to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
See below for some reaction… A bipartisan bill introduced in January by Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse would expand prevention and treatment programs and widen the use anti-overdose medication called naloxone.
Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, says after reviewing Clinton’s proposal that there might be areas of bipartisan agreement on how to approach addiction. She did not make clear how she would pay for the program.
“I agree w/ @HillaryClinton: addiction is a disease, not a moral failing”.
Today I’m releasing a strategy to confront the drug and alcohol addiction crisis. That’s not exactly news, not even to most Democrats. And that helps explain why numerous ’16 candidates are talking about so many OTHER issues than the economy. “It’s an unfortunate development in politics that his campaign is all about who he is against, whether it’s immigrants or women broadcasters or aides of other candidates”. I have been working for years on opioid addiction among veterans.
Clinton is not alone in becoming concerned about the issue, either.
“Congress has expanded mental health and substance abuse treatment and is considering additional legislation”.
Clinton concludes her piece by noting that substance abuse has real effects on real families. Her campaign says that by lessening incarceration levels, she will be able to fund the expensive plan.
The 30-minute interview was part of a pivot this fall toward a more aggressive campaign posture for a Democratic front-runner damaged by sinking poll numbers and ineffectual answers to questions about her use of a privately owned e-mail system when she was secretary of state. But a fall start for Biden would complicate efforts to build the type of robust organization needed to compete with Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner.
“I feel very, very good about where we are”, Clinton said.
“What struck me was how impacted she was by the stories she heard”, Vilsack said of Clinton.
Her proposal would widen access to treatment and recovery programs, chiefly through a new $7.5 billion federal-state spending package.
He’s gaining ground on frontrunner Hillary Clinton. She said at her first campaign stop in the state, a retired doctor told her the biggest problem facing the country was drug addiction. “Hillary Clinton is the candidate with a plan to make sure we do both“. “It’s time we recognize as a nation that for too long, we have had a quiet epidemic on our hands”.
“In recent years, our state has seen a dramatic increase in deaths from prescription drugs”. If a state comes forward with a comprehensive plan to prevent and treat addiction, it will be eligible for the new grant funding. But her likely inclusion won’t come at the expense of any other Republican.