White House proposes new funding for heroin, prescription opioid abuse

February 2, 2016 5:01 PM

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WASHINGTON — President Obama will seek an extra $1.1 billion to pay for drug treatment for people addicted to opioid medications and heroin, which the White House says kills more people than automobile crashes, officials said Tuesday.

The extra money will be included in the upcoming fiscal year 2017 budget request.

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