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Obama proposes $1.1 billion to fight heroin, opioid abuse

 
By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |   Feb. 2, 2016 at 12:10 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed $1.1 billion in funding to combat the abuse of prescription opioids and heroin amid an nationwide addiction crisis. Opioids, a class of drugs including prescription pain medicine and heroin, caused 28,648 deaths in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo by Molly Riley/UPI
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed $1.1 billion in funding to combat the abuse of prescription opioids and heroin amid a nationwide addiction crisis.

The 2017 budget proposal will establish new discretionary and mandatory funding over two years to ensure Americans struggling with addiction who want help can receive treatment, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said during a conference call with reporters.

Burwell said the opioid epidemic is a complicated problem, which requires a comprehensive response that addresses the underlying causes of opioid addiction. She said more needs to be done to prevent overdoses and that the president's budget proposal will help in the effort.
 

National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli said that while the "complex and multi-faceted" opioid drug epidemic has led to dramatic increases in drug use and overdoses, there have been "signs of progress" through the Obama administration's efforts -- particularly in the decrease of opioid use among young people.

Botticelli said the White House has been working with Mexico to decrease drug trafficking, also hoping to equip the Drug Enforcement Agency with additional funding to stop the production of opioid substances in Mexico and in Afghanistan, where the "vast majority" is produced.

Opioids, a class of drugs including prescription pain medicine and heroin, caused 28,648 deaths in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency also found a continued increase in heroin-related deaths and in deaths involving synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl.

"Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining resources of law enforcement and treatment programs," the White House said in a statement. "More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes."

Substance abuse disorders are required to be covered by health insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act.

"The president has made clear that addressing the opioid overdose epidemic is a priority for his administration and has highlighted tools that are effective in reducing drug use and overdose, like evidence-based prevention programs, prescription drug monitoring, prescription drug take-back events, medication-assisted treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone," the White House statement adds.

The majority of the proposal's funding -- $920 million -- will be used to support cooperative agreements with states to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. States will be able to expand treatment capacity and make services more affordable, depending on the severity of the epidemic and the strength of the state's response.

The proposal will also allocate a $90 million increase to expand state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies and increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment programs, particularly in rural areas where rates of overdose and opioid use is higher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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Momentum posted:

I saw that but did not post it because yall be saying "there he goes again". But there is an obvious pattern that can't be denied. 

Like Koco said, you should express your opinion, thoughts, or questions to anything posted on this board.  That's certainly why I posted the article.  

I also posted it because I find it curious that so much money would be proposed to fight heroin and opioid addiction, whennothing, [that I know of] has been proposed to fight crack addiction.

Every time I have Obama's back, he turns around and does something like this, almost writes in granite that he has no intentions of doing what he can do to affect pressing issues in African America.  This basically is saying that he could care less about crack/cocaine addiction, however, on the contrary, he apparently feels he must act since the majority of heroin and opioid addicts in America are White.  Would he have proposed $1.1 Billion in funding if the majority of heroin and opioid addicts were Black?  

I'm not one of the many Black people who act like he is President of African America only, or one of the countless Americans that do not take into consideration the limitations of a U.S. president's authority, discretion and power, but too many things about his presidency are just too obvious to ignore.

 

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Sista Sunnubian wrote:  Like Koco said, you should express your opinion, thoughts, or questions to anything posted on this board.  That's certainly why I posted the article.  

  Exactly my sista!  It's all about black love.  And you know me .... I never take anything personal.  I'm just..well  a firecracker!

@ Brotha Momentum...I have heatedly debated with almost every one on this board.  I mean drag out knock out debates.  And it's all good.  What I don't do?  Is insult the poster.  Now, I will hold on to the leg of a topic for dear life!  Ha!  And won't let it go.  I am adamant that way.  Cuz I'm passionate about my views but it is never where I will personally attack or be upset with someone cuz I disagree with them.  That's childish.  Cuz we are all grown up in here.  And everybody has a RIGHT to have THEIR voice heard.  That's what I teach children...fearlessly be yourself.

I know I'm wordy...but!  What can I say?  That's just me.  I may attack his/her views but I never hit below the belt.   I'm not a right fighter or criticizer.  And I am wrong more than I am right.  I'm human.  I remember one time I did a program at a boystown school...where there were rival gangbangers mandated to live there.  And this one guy had his own opinion about something-can't remember.  And suddenly everybody was getting on him cuz he didn't think like them.  And I said to them:  if we all thought alike?  There would be no trains or airplanes...not even cars.  We would still be riding horse and buggy using candles for light.  And I stand in that truth.  So DO your thang my brotha.  We all learn from each other...we don't have to agree.  Cuz what disagreeing does?  Is keep the BRAIN thinking.....growing and open to look at things differently.  Ain't nothing like a CLOSED stunted mind.   BTW:  Say whatever you want about my president[I know you will...cuz] it's NOT gonna stop me one bit from digging him.  If you don't know by now, I dance to my own drum.   So post away.  But!  

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‘The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,’ by Michael Eric Dyson

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02...eric-dyson.html?_r=0

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http://www.pri.org/stories/201...g-about-race-america

Mr. Obama's subtle and brilliant intelligence certainly outshines the likes of a Trump. Oh, and no one made him crawl. Is he not a warrior?

 

 

 

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Someone needs to figure why everyone needs to be drugged out of their minds to face problems they encounter all over this land. We need alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, medicine just to make it from bed rise to good night. Damn near everyone living in the country's bat shit crazy. Some "expert" needs to "look into that/(take a portion of that 1.1 billion to study cracked brains)."

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sunnubian posted:
Momentum posted:

I saw that but did not post it because yall be saying "there he goes again". But there is an obvious pattern that can't be denied. 

Like Koco said, you should express your opinion, thoughts, or questions to anything posted on this board.  That's certainly why I posted the article.  

I also posted it because I find it curious that so much money would be proposed to fight heroin and opioid addiction, whennothing, [that I know of] has been proposed to fight crack addiction.

Every time I have Obama's back, he turns around and does something like this, almost writes in granite that he has not intentions of doing what he can do to affect pressing issues in African America.  This basically is saying that he could care less about crack/cocaine addiction, however, evidently, feels he must act since the majority of heroin and opioid addicts in America are White.  Would he have proposed $1.1 Billion in funding if the majority of heroin and opioid addicts were Black?  

I'm not one of the many Black people who act like he is President of African America only, or one of the countless Americans that do not take the limitations of a U.S. president's authority, discretion and power, but too many things about his presidency are just too obvious to ignore.

 

Thank you Sista appreciate  the grace. Yeah I have given Obama a lot of benefit of the doubt the first 2 years when he had majority power in both houses. The reason he lost the House in 2010 was because he turn out to be an establishment servant like no other in history and it demoralized the liberal base. I still voted in 2010 and knew in my heart he was not what he claim to be. I kinda think he wanted to lose the House so it would be cover for his following establishment policies. 

Kocolicious posted:

Sista Sunnubian wrote:  Like Koco said, you should express your opinion, thoughts, or questions to anything posted on this board.  That's certainly why I posted the article.  

  Exactly my sista!  It's all about black love.  And you know me .... I never take anything personal.  I'm just..well  a firecracker!

@ Brotha Momentum...I have heatedly debated with almost every one on this board.  I mean drag out knock out debates.  And it's all good.  What I don't do?  Is insult the poster.  Now, I will hold on to the leg of a topic for dear life!  Ha!  And won't let it go.  I am adamant that way.  Cuz I'm passionate about my views but it is never where I will personally attack or be upset with someone cuz I disagree with them.  That's childish.  Cuz we are all grown up in here.  And everybody has a RIGHT to have THEIR voice heard.  That's what I teach children...fearlessly be yourself.

I know I'm wordy...but!  What can I say?  That's just me.  I may attack his/her views but I never hit below the belt.   I'm not a right fighter or criticizer.  And I am wrong more than I am right.  I'm human.  I remember one time I did a program at a boystown school...where there were rival gangbangers mandated to live there.  And this one guy had his own opinion about something-can't remember.  And suddenly everybody was getting on him cuz he didn't think like them.  And I said to them:  if we all thought alike?  There would be no trains or airplanes...not even cars.  We would still be riding horse and buggy using candles for light.  And I stand in that truth.  So DO your thang my brotha.  We all learn from each other...we don't have to agree.  Cuz what disagreeing does?  Is keep the BRAIN thinking.....growing and open to look at things differently.  Ain't nothing like a CLOSED stunted mind.   BTW:  Say whatever you want about my president[I know you will...cuz] it's NOT gonna stop me one bit from digging him.  If you don't know by now, I dance to my own drum.   So post away.  But!  

Thanks for recognizing I'm not here to pick fights just trying to express what I think is the truth. I'm not a ideologue, I have no philosophical agenda. Sometimes I say the wrong thing and come off in the wrong way, text can send the wrong impression sometimes because you can't see the facial expression or hear the tone. 

Everybody on this site are just good, genuine people, cyber family. 

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RadioRaheem posted:

they only now care about those drugs because the addicts are being white people.  

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...oin-and-race/401015/

How White Users Made Heroin a Public-Health Problem

In the past, when users of the drug were disproportionately black, they faced severe punishments.

 

White privilege is the history of this country. Obama did lessen the sentences for crack but no money for rehab? Yet these crackas get 1.1 billion to wean them off their opiate addictions. 

He thinks like a white president. 

Momentum posted:
RadioRaheem posted:

they only now care about those drugs because the addicts are being white people.  

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...oin-and-race/401015/

How White Users Made Heroin a Public-Health Problem

In the past, when users of the drug were disproportionately black, they faced severe punishments.

 

White privilege is the history of this country. Obama did lessen the sentences for crack but no money for rehab? Yet these crackas get 1.1 billion to wean them off their opiate addictions. 

He thinks like a white president. 

 

I saw Gov. Chris Christie basically cry for relief from harsh sentences for the new addicts.  I think they need to keep the long term sentences as they are.  If it was good for us, it'll be great for you too!!

  I remember back in the day...maybe the early mid sixties....most bonefide junkies were BLACK.  And was totally ignored by the government in terms of an addiction.  But.  Again massa has a history of dopeing his enemy.  He tried to do that in the Opium Wars in China.  Empires fell because of this addiction and Asian countries like China knew it as why China closed their doors for a long long long time.  Massa is the original pusher man but!  He forgot about his impressible kids.  Just what he did in the black community with crack...he reintroduced herion[made it cheaper...to really wipe us out]...but once again he forgot about his impressible I wanna act black but be white kids.  Who have oodles and oodles of money to launch drug parties at dorms, proms, games etc.  All of sudden, massa looked around and saw his kids strung out not able to run his business/country.  He was devastated cuz who is gonna carry his historical torch.  

Okay.   My president did succumb to this but I STILL see him as the seed implanted that will changed the world.  He is taking a lot of licks from all sides cuz quite frankly he is merely a feather weight in a heavy weight game,  But he is there.  And his black face is STAINED in world history where massa can't erase it or blot it out.  One day some black genius is gon see that. And it is gon make a huge difference for black people over this world.   Am I making excuses for him?  No.  Cuz I've been around the corner enough to witness a lot of black men DROPPING the ball in our culture.  And no one BLACK said a word.  I've seen black men climb out of the ghetto leaving us behind.  No one said a word.  I've seen black gangs, black pushers, black pimps dismantled large portions of black neighborhoods leaving women to fend for themselves and children without a father and no one SAID a thang.

 Lastly, I've seen young black men GUNNED down by their OWN peers...and once again....no one said a thang...everybody black was shaking in their boots too afraid to confront their OWN children....while innocent black youth died in droves.  And that?  I will never forget as I always say loudly in terms of BLM.....KARMA is a bitch ain't it?  Now folks don't wanna hear me continue to say that but that's just too damn bad.  Cuz black mothers like me have lost our children to this focking nonsense...and through it all...out of the self-hatred muddle...we have a black president...several years after the death of MLK, after the black revoluntionary movement, after the crack epidemic...they tried to destroy our entire race...and up out of the fire of all of this?  A BLACK president.  

So like a new bride with no experience cooking....she gon make mistakes until she practice enough to be able to cook a full course meal for her family.  It's the same thang here.  But we don't have patience and that's the problem in the black community.  We want it yesterday even though WE don't wanna be a part of the work to get it.  We wanna wear our $300 tennis shoes with our $500 cell phones in our $40 thousand SUV...waiting for someone else to do it for us.  

And for me?  I didn't ever expected my president to be the superman for black people cuz the ones in our community AREN'T and hasn't been.  Call me an optimist or a fool-don't care.  Cuz for me?  The proof is in the pudding.  And we haven't HAD real BLACK leaders since Malcolm and Martin.  But as the Whispers sing?  The beat goes on.  And one day, when there isn't drugs-massa's weapon...the usual black self-sabotaging to interfer with black progress....we will prevail.  But it takes one step at a time.  Starting with black love...which is a little salt in the sugar today for many of us cuz it just seems to me black folks  don't love themselves let alone their own people.  And the reality is.  Every body BLACK is not gon be  happy no matter WHAT you do.  Cuz why?  Many. Have. No. Vision.  But!

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GoodMan posted:

Soooo....

 

Nobody gonna say how White people need to stop selling drugs to themselves

Nobody gonna institute a 3 strike law

Yeah, or that "nobody made them take drugs", or "it doesn't matter, they know it's against the law" . . . 

and why have they not been called "animals", etc.; why is America's racist not up in arms over how their tax dollars are being spent? [as if the only people that pay taxes in America are right-wing nuts and White racists]; and why has the police never "believed" their "life was threatened" by a White heroin or opioid addict and murdered them by shooting one of them 10, 16, 40 times or busting into their grandmother's house, or while their little sister was asleep on the sofa or for merely running away from them . . . 

and why has the White community not been under constant surveillance, DWW traffic stops, "stop and frisk", automobile searches, "no knock warrants" to bust into their homes, or had their property "seized"?

Etc., etc., etc.

"I remember back in the day...maybe the early midsixties....most bonefidejunkies were BLACK"

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No, no, no, no, most bonified junkies have always been White in this country, however, it was the Black junkie that was polarized by racist American propaganda, Hollywood, America's media propaganda/news, and White racist rhetoric.   

The majority of drug addicts in America are White and always has been.

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Has Christie talked about his addiction to doughnuts? Who cares what Windbag 999 has to say?

The answer to not being addicted is to NOT try the drug, whatever the name; whom ever is offering. No cigarettes, no alcohol, no opiates, nothing. Try perambulating the country with nothing to numb the brain. Should get ya a recommendation for the Nobel Peace Prize or locked up somewhere in Solitary Confinement.

Living amongst two different human animals of color harbored on an original continent of neither with the largest palest color denomination ruling is no damn joke!!!!!! We of the darker persuasion damn near need to self-annihilate.

You have to be drugged, damn near dead or dead in the USA and there's heaps of folks to help you reach your milestone, whichever your choice.

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  Well...I wasn't around white folks in the early...,mid sixties..so this is just my experience.  I didn't see black junkies on television cuz they were very few blacks if any on there when I was coming up during that time.  Amos and Andy...Little Rascals, and most of the ones I seen again if any were the buffoon-type can hardy understand what they were saying or the dancing type....Bo jangles...dancing with Shirley Temple.  But!  I do recall being around those in the neighborhoods and in the community and there were a lot of black junkies.  And if there were  a lot of white junkies back then it must have been the norm for white folks  Cuz I know that cocaine was the norm in food products like Coca Cola.  And back then, they were even putting drugs in candy...and when they realized that it was making the kids addicts-they took it out.  And banned companies from using it.  And at no time did they ever claim drugs particularly heron and cocaine as a problem among whites.  They were the ones to introduce the little vile bottle with the twist spoon top.  

Even scientists like Einstein was using drugs as a norm[cocaine.]  and another famous white person died of it[can't remember his name].  Also during that, China was the only country identifying that heron/opium was a crisis for its people and one of the many reasons why it closed its border,,,especially after the fall of the last Emperor who was hooked on opium.   So what I'm suggesting that you're right there were probably more whites back then hooked on drugs...but!  To them in their racist mind, that was considered normal.  But for blacks doing the SAME thing?  in their eyes, it was an addiction.  But! 

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 "Also during that, China was the only country identifying that heron/opium was a crisis for its people and one of the many reasons why it closed its border,,,especiallyafter the fall of the last Emperor who was hooked on opium."

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And since China had the good sense to not criminalize addiction and try to create an entire industry predicated on their own people's misery, the addiction crisis naturally [generationally] phased itself out without irreparable damage to generations of Chinese people.

Kocolicious posted:

  Well...I wasn't around white folks in the early...,mid sixties..so this is just my experience.  I didn't see black junkies on telelvision cuz they were very few blacks if any on there when I was coming up during that time.  Amos and Andy...Little Rascals, and most of the ones I seen again if any were the buffoon-type can hardy understand what they were saying or the dancing type....Bo jangles...dancing with Shirley Temple.  But!  I do recall being around those in the neighborhoods and in the community and there were a lot of black junkies.  And if there were  a lot of white junkies back then it must have been the norm for white folks  Cuz I know that cocaine was the norm in food products like Coca Cola.  And back then, they were even putting drugs in candy...and when they realized that it was making the kids addicts-they took it out.  And banned companies from using it.  And at no time did they ever claim drugs particularly heron and cocaine as a problem among whites.  They were the ones to introduce the little vile bottle with the twist spoon top.  

Even scientists like Einstein was using drugs as a norm[cocaine.]  and another famous white person died of it[can't remember his name].  Also during that, China was the only country identifying that heron/opium was a crisis for its people and one of the many reasons why it closed its border,,,especially after the fall of the last Emperor who was hooked on opium.   So what I'm suggesting that you're right there were probably more whites back then hooked on drugs...but!  To them in their racist mind, that was considered normal.  But for blacks doing the SAME thing?  in their eyes, it was addiction.  But! 

 

I often forget that ALL Black people did not grow up in a town/city that was only about 12% Black, and even less a percentage than that decades ago.  

But, there really always has been far more White drug addicts in America than Black[you know, like Welfare recipients].  And maybe there were not many tv shows, news reports or movies about "Black junkies" in the '60s, but there were plenty during the seventies, especially with the "Black Exploitation" Noir.

[But, hey, what's being an era or decade or two off, in comparison to the complete and incessant defamation of an entire race of people.]  

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  I totally agree.  As why it is so very important to share stories...cuz there is a geographic and timeline distinctions that can make a huge difference in terms of experiences.  Cuz with how some songs use to get to Cali....by the time it got to us the songs had  already been airing on radio stations on the other side of the country for months.  Social media changed that.  Now when songs come out it is heard the same time across the nation.  So it's the same thang in this case.   And you're right the explosion of stereotypes really toward  us was really during the exploitation period in the 70s with black films and black propaganda...which was merely a few years after the civil rights movement and its success.  So.  I hear ya my sista!  But!

I'm just the opposite, I've never been around a predominately black environment unless I visited Virginia once when I was small, couple times when I thought I was in love and following. What beautiful people I encountered there. I believe more than a couple are related to the Presidents of Vespucci.

I was born with these Caucasians (am still around them), went to school with them, worked around them, went to high school dances where they were in attendance at the local beach; watching the heel/toe dance they did and asked myself WTF? (19S0's; so long ago, seems like yesterday). i still haven't figured out what that was. Had a Jewish boss ask me why I had a Jewish nose, and forever kicked my ass for not killing him on the spot. He made me madder than a junk yard dog. Caught me off guard; my arms will filled with reports and he was being sarcastic as a mofo. I should have told him "Because we have the same pappy." I never liked him after that and don't to this day. Haven't seen him in 30 years, I guess. He might not even be living at this stage of the game for all I know or care.

White boys couldn't hold my hand doing that damn square dancing in the school gym because they thought my hands were either dirty or that the black would rub off. All Trump-like and shit. I've been refused apartments because of being black. I know these fuckers like the back of my hand. Their sperm and eggs are intermingled in the family genes. A couple of the white men don't even know, because they were doing that African midnight creeping shit and slipped up with the family member. Betcha there's a whole slew of those mofos. Couple might even be on Capitol Hill. More than a couple.

There's something wrong with them and there's something wrong with me. No apologies from them; no apologies from me. Just do not want to encounter any cops anywhere, white or the black overseers nor any of the misters in between calling themselves "Justice".

And the beat goes on!!!!!!

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