Clinton Releases Anti-Drug Abuse Plan

$10 billion initiative released by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign today is also aimed at fighting alcohol addiction and changing criminal justice practices to reduce penalties on non-violent drug offenders.

  • Proposal includes $7.5 billion over 10 years to fund federal-state partnerships in which states would get $4 in federal support for every $1 they commit toward programs that satisfy Clinton’s requirements.
  • Would also direct Justice Department to issue guidance prioritizing substance abuse treatment over incarceration for nonviolent and low-level federal drug offenders.
  • Savings to the federal criminal justice system would go partly toward funding the other pieces of proposal.
  • In op-ed posted Tuesday by New Hampshire Union Leader, Clinton says, “This is not new. We’re not just now ’discovering’ this problem. But we should be saying enough is enough. It’s time we recognize as a nation that for too long, we have had a quiet epidemic on our hands. Plain and simple, drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, not a moral failing — and we must treat it as such.”

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