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How Much Will the First Presidential Debate Focus on Addiction?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2016 4:35:17 PM / by RU National posted in Opioid Addiction, Drug Treatment, Addiction, opioids, Politics

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On Monday, an estimated 150 million viewers (approximately half the country) will tune in to see the first debate of what can safely be described as one of the most unusual presidential elections in American history. As the candidates prep to make their cases to the nation and the pundits prepare their analyses and rebuttals, it is safe to assume that the 90-minute event will focus on the usual issues in order to gain votes (the economy, immigration, national security, climate change, etc.). For the millions of American families that have felt the stinging impact of addiction; however, it is doubtless that a conversation on fighting chemical dependency and substance abuse would resonate much more.

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President Obama Declares National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2016 11:59:53 AM / by RU National posted in Recovery, Opioid Addiction, Addiction Treatment, heroin, opioids

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As of September 18, 2016, Americans everywhere are now in the midst of a newly instituted weeklong event developed to shed more light on the continued escalation of prescription opioid and heroin addiction in the United States. The Obama Administration has declared September 18 – September 24, 2016 Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, and has urged all Americans to do their part in observing this event. The announcement came via Presidential Proclamation on Friday, September 16, in the midst of ongoing legislative battles over funding of the key provisions of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act signed into law last summer.

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