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Where Do the Candidates Stand on the Opioid Epidemic and Addiction?

November 3, 2016

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The Addiction Policy Forum today released analysis of Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's policy platforms on how they would address addiction.
Approximately 129 individuals die as the result of a drug overdoses each day – more than car accidents or gun violence. Throughout the year the Addiction Policy Forum has worked to meet with every presidential candidate about addiction and obtain specifics about policy plans and priorities as to how they would address substance use disorders if elected. 
“With 26 million people in need of treatment and another 23 million in recovery, too many families are touched by the heartbreak of addiction. Where both candidates stand on this issue and how they would address this challenge in office is critical for voters to know before next Tuesday,” said Jessica Nickel, Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum.
Infographics (below) and detailed analysis on the Clinton and Trump plans have been released, broken down by the key elements of comprehensive response, which includes prevention, treatment, recovery, overdose reversal, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform.


Hillary Clinton addiction epidemic infographic

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Donald Trump addiction epidemic infographic

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In January and February 2016, the Addiction Policy Forum hosted two “On the Record” events in New Hampshire featuring presidential candidates Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), Governor John Kasich (R-OH), businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R), former Governor Jim Gilmore (R-VA), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and campaign representatives for Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dr. Ben Carson. In November 2016, the Addiction Policy Forum participated in a round table discussion on the opioid epidemic with Donald Trump and other key stakeholders working on addiction. Presidential candidates were asked to go on the record with how they would respond to addiction if elected President. For more information or the analysis of primary candidates, click here.

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