One West Virginia man voluntarily handed all his drugs over to police last month after watching the president talk on Oct. 21.
During a speech in Charleston, Obama spoke about the need to reduce demand for opiates. He talked about how hard the Mountain State has been hit by the heroin epidemic and offered some sobering data, stating that there were 259 million prescriptions written for painkillers in 2015 and, at this point, more Americans had died from overdoses than from car crashes every year.
He offered solutions as well. Obama spoke about how his proposed 2016 budget offers more than $100 million for overdose prevention and medically assisted treatment programs.
“We’ve all got a role to play,” the president said, according to the West Virginia Gazette Mail. “These are our kids. It’s not somebody else’s kids, it’s our kids; it’s not somebody else’s neighborhood, it’s our neighborhood.”
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