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Clinton Speaks At Summit About Opioid Epidemic, Criminal Justice Reform

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Clinton Speaks At Summit About Opioid Epidemic, Criminal Justice Reform

Earlier this week, former President Bill Clinton spoke about the opioid crisis during the 6th Annual Clinton Health Matters Activation Summit in Arkansas. He implied that the war on drugs has gone too far and in the future, it is critical to focus on treatment instead:

“…this whole sentencing craze…was way overdone. We’ve just got to provide a safer, healthier, better way forward.”

Indeed, when it comes to drug addiction and incarceration, the former president noted that the two, unfortunately, go hand-in-hand. However, he appeared to be optimistic about recent bipartisan requests for criminal justice reform.

This speech came as part of a panel discussion, and Clinton and health experts discussed a variety of topics, including how to increased accessibility to the anti-overdose drug naltrexone and treatment availability for people with drug addictions.

Regarding naloxone, a new program was announced that aims to increase the life-saving drug’s availability by donating more than 40,000 doses to nearly 5,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. Increasing naloxone availability is among the top priorities for The Clinton Foundation.

Clinton:

“When we started the [the Initiative] six years ago, we knew that our country faced urgent health issues and too many barriers to access. The key to making improvements is to give people real solutions to real problems—and if you hit upon a good solution..try to replicate it in more places so more people can benefit.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33,000 people died from overdoses in 2015 related to prescription painkillers and illicit opioids such as heroin.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

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New Programs and Partnerships to Advance Health and Wellness in the United States Announced at Clinton Foundation’s 6yh Annual Health Matters Activation Summit.”

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