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Sep 2, 2015 11:40 PM

Clinton and Christie tout solutions to the drug epidemic


CONCORD - It's a big topic along the campaign trail - drug abuse. Tuesday, Hillary Clinton unveiled her plan to stop it which would cost $10 billion.

It's been five months since Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton made her first stop in New Hampshire after announcing her candidacy. Clinton said then,“This is a quiet epidemic," when speaking about substance abuse.

In her return visit to New Hampshire in July, Clinton echoed the same concerns when she promised, "I will be coming back to New Hampshire and laying out some ideas that we are collecting from people here in the state."

Clinton made good on that promise in releasing her five-point plan to combat the epidemic in a Union Leader op-ed.

Clinton proposes to empower communities to prevent teen drug abuse, offer treatment for all addicts, have first responders carry the overdose-reversing drug naloxon (known as Narcan), train health care providers to recognize abuse, and she proposes treatment over prison for low-level offenders.

Clinton is not the only candidate to talk about substance abuse on the campaign trail. New Jersey Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie's latest TV ad quickly segues from his anti-abortion stance to the drug epidemic.

In the just released commercial Christy said, "We need to be pro-life for the 16-year-old drug addict who’s laying on the floor of the county jail." Christy went on to say, "The way to really win the war on drugs is to treat the addict."


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