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Obama Pushes For More Treatment for Opioid Addiction
NBC News

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of initiatives aimed at curbing America’s opioid addiction epidemic, steps that would make it easier to obtain medication-based treatment, expand Medicaid coverage and increase availability of a drug that saves people from overdoses.

The president touted the proposals as he participated in a panel at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, where he appeared with a doctor and two recovering addicts.

“What we have to recognize is in this global economy of ours that the most important thing we can do is to reduce demand for drugs, and the only way we reduce demand is if we’re providing treatment and thinking about this as public health problem and not just a criminal problem,” Obama said.