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President Barack Obama pledged more attention to opioid overdose

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By Dan Bart | March 30, 2016 1:13 am

More than 28,600 Americans died in 2014 from abuse of opioid.

And a federal infusion of $94 million earlier this month to hundreds of community health centers across the country potentially could treat nearly 124,000 new patients.

President Barack Obama pledged again Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to press for new federal funding to fight opioid abuse in the United States.

President Barack Obama pledged more attention to opioid overdose

President Barack Obama pledged more attention to opioid overdose

“It’s important to recognize that today, we are seeing more people killed because of opioid overdose than traffic accidents,” Obama said at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta.

Obama in February urged Congress to approve $1.1 billion in funds to help provide opioid abuse treatment to all Americans who want it.

“I think the public doesn’t fully appreciate yet the scope of the problem,” Obama said to the attendees.

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