Obama Seeks to Expand Addiction Treatment
President Barack Obama traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday to shine a light on the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, which continues to get worse. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 28,000 Americans accidentally overdosed on opioids in 2014. Obama says, more people now die of narcotic drug overdoses than die in car accidents each year. The Office of National Drug Control Policy says roughly 8 million Americans over the age of 12 need treatment for illicit drug use. Meanwhile, 4 out of 5 addicts – that’s 80%, can’t get treatment, even if they want it. Along with the president’s appearance Tuesday, the White House announced a package of initiatives aimed at turning the tide on opioid addiction in the U.S.