The White House Tackles Opioid Addiction With New Plan

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.

Full story of the White House tackling opioid addiction at drugfree.org

Published by

Will Savage

Quantum Units Continuing Education provides online CEU training's to licensed professional mental health therapists, counselors, social workers and nurses. Our blog provides updates in the field of news and research related to mental health and substance abuse treatment.