Hillary Clinton Proposes $10 Billion Plan To Fight Addiction

Significantly, she's throwing her support behind medication-assisted treatment.

WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will unveil an ambitious $10 billion plan on Wednesday that seeks to modernize the nation's approach to combating the opioid epidemic. Among her myriad policy proposals addressing prevention and treatment, the 2016 Democratic front-runner is, notably, throwing her weight behind the scientific establishment in a simmering debate about the role of medicine in treating people addicted to opiates like OxyContin or heroin.

Clinton's plan proposes to eliminate federal regulations that bar nurse practitioners and physician assistants from prescribing medications that can treat opioid addicts -- a practice known as medication-assisted treatment. She is also calling to alter the regulations that limit the number of patients doctors can treat with these medications.

"Twenty-three million Americans suffer from addiction, but only 1 in 10 get treatment," Clinton wrote in an op-ed previewing her plan, published Tuesday night in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

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