Clinton proposes $7.5bn fund to fight addiction

2015-09-02 18:56


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Washington - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has laid out a plan for fighting drug and alcohol addiction in the United States, including a new $7.5bn federal fund to help states tackle a problem afflicting 23 million Americans.

In an opinion piece in the Manchester Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper, Clinton set out five goals including empowering communities to prevent drug use among teenagers and making addiction treatment available to every person needing it.

"Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment," she wrote in the piece posted on the Union Leader's website on Tuesday.

Clinton said the federal government "will draw on a new $7.5bn fund to help states meet their goals" in fighting what she called a "quiet epidemic". She did not make clear how she would pay for the programme.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 election, said she would "prioritise treatment over prison for low-level and non-violent drug offenders, so we can end the era of mass incarceration".

The goals, she said, also include better training for healthcare workers to recognise substance-use disorders, and having all first responders carry naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

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