President Obama Speaks at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

President Obama plans to deliver a speech at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on 3/29 at 2:15 PM EST. The President’s remarks will discuss the actions currently being taken to prevent the spread of opioid use disorders and will examine future policies for expanding access to treatment.

The speech is the latest in a series of announcements demonstrating President Obama’s commitment to addressing the opioid crisis. The President’s proposed FY 2017 budget requests $1.1 billion in new spending to expand State access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, writes that the Administration is also:

  • “Expanding access to treatment through doctors, community health centers, and state programs.
  • Investing in partnerships between law enforcement and communities.
  • Working to save more lives by making the overdose reversal drug naloxone more readily available to first responders.
  • Ensuring those on Medicaid and CHIP can access mental health and substance use services as readily as medical services.
  • Pulling together medical schools to train students on the newest CDC guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers.”

 

View the Administration’s new series of proposals to address the opioid epidemic here.

Watch President Obama’s speech here.