Addiction and substance use
Through improved treatment, prevention, and training, we can end this quiet epidemic once and for all.
We’re not just now ‘discovering’ this problem. But we should be saying enough is enough. It’s time we recognize as a nation that for too long, we have had a quiet epidemic on our hands. Plain and simple, drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, not a moral failing—and we must treat it as such.Hillary, September 2, 2015
Nearly 23 million Americans suffer from a substance use disorder, yet only about one in 10 receive treatment. Addiction and substance use disorders touch the lives of people in big cities and small towns, across every income level. We can’t arrest or incarcerate our way out of it—we need a new approach. That’s why Hillary Clinton is proposing a bold plan to prevent and treat addiction, support people in recovery, and take on this epidemic once and for all. Hillary will launch a $7.5 billion fund to support new federal-state partnerships that empower local leaders to implement programs that work for their communities.
As president, Hillary will focus on:
- Prevention: Let’s empower communities to implement programs to teach adolescents about drug use and addiction.
- Treatment and recovery: Substance use disorders are chronic diseases, and recovery is only possible through effective and ongoing care—not neglect or stigmatization. Everyone who needs treatment and ongoing support should be able to get it. We should invest in and empower our recovery community organizations.
- First responders: All first responders should have access to naloxone, a drug that can prevent opioid overdoses from becoming fatal.
- Prescribers: Drug prescribers will have to meet standards for training and go through a prescription drug monitoring program before writing a prescription for controlled medications.
- Criminal justice reform: Let’s prioritize rehabilitation and treatment over prison for low-level and nonviolent drug offenses and work to end the era of mass incarceration.
Read the fact sheet
- Op-ed: How we can win the fight against substance abuse
- Medium: Stories from a growing epidemic
- The Briefing: Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s plan to combat drug and alcohol abuse