Obama Seeks $1.1 Billion For Treating Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse

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President Obama is calling for $1.1 billion in new federal money to combat the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers in the U.S., McClatchy Newspapers reports. The president's 2017 budget proposal will include $1 billion in mandatory funding over two years to increase addiction treatment for heroin and prescription opioids and to make the services more affordable. Most of the proposed new money ($920 million) would fund cooperative agreements with states to provide more drug-based treatment for people addicted to painkilling opioids such as OxyContin, Percocet, hydrocodone, and morphine.

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