Obama Will Ask for $1.1 Billion to Cut Heroin Deaths in U.S.

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  • CDC says at least 28,648 people died from opioid abuse in 2014
  • Epidemic is a campaign issue in hard-hit New Hampshire

President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Nov. 6, 2015.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for $1.1 billion in his next budget to combat the U.S. opioid abuse epidemic, a crisis so severe that it’s emerged as a 2016 campaign issue and has led two senators to block his nominee to run the Food and Drug Administration.

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