Hillary Clinton unveiled a $10 billion plan to combat alcohol and drug abuse Wednesday.
“It’s time we recognize that there are gaps in our health care system that allow too many to go without care — and invest in treatment,” the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader. “It’s time we recognize that our state and federal prisons, where 65 percent of inmates meet medical criteria for substance use disorders, are no substitute for proper treatment — and reform our criminal justice system.”
Clinton outlined the key goals of her proposed strategy, which include increased local drug prevention efforts for teens and expanded access to drug treatment for all addicts, including those charged with nonviolent or low-level drug offenses. The plan also aims to equip all first responders with naloxone, an already widely used emergency drug proven to stop potentially fatal overdoses, and to require training for health care providers to recognize signs of potential substance abuse disorders and to be more cautious about prescribing controlled substances.