Hillary Clinton Proposes $7.5 billion U.S. Fund To Fight Addiction

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Sept 2 (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has laid out a plan for fighting drug and alcohol addiction in the United States, including a new $7.5 billion federal fund to help states tackle a problem afflicting 23 million Americans.

In an opinion piece in the Manchester Union Leader, a New Hampshire newspaper, Clinton set out five goals including empowering communities to prevent drug use among teenagers and making addiction treatment available to every person needing it.

“Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment,” she wrote in the piece posted on the Union Leader’s website on Tuesday.

Clinton said the federal government “will draw on a new $7.5 billion fund to help states meet their goals” in fighting what she called a “quiet epidemic.” She did not make clear how she would pay for the program.

Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 election, said she would “prioritize treatment over prison for low-level and nonviolent drug offenders, so we can end the era of mass incarceration.”

The goals, she said, also include better training for healthcare workers to recognize substance-use disorders, and having all first responders carry naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. (Reporting by Mohammad Zargham in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham)