The White House is proposing a cut of 94 percent to the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), according to an e-mail to agency employees by Acting Director Richard Baum. He asked employees not to share the information, but the e-mail was quickly leaked, NPR reports.
The proposed budget fully eliminates several programs involved in fighting the opioid epidemic, the article notes.
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President Obama travels to West Virginia today to announce steps to curb the rise in deaths from prescription drug overdoses. He is mandating more training of federal doctors and requiring federal health insurance plans to treat addiction, reported The New York Times.
In the Times article, a White House official stated that they had “identified prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse as critical problems.”
Previously, the Obama administration has worked to address excessive prescribing practices, being mindful that patients experiencing pain, like those suffering from cancer, can get the medicine they need.
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