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Local addiction fighters respond to Obama's plans to combat drug use with $1.1 billion

The Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services director in Chattanooga, Paul Fuchcar, tells Newschannel 9, that this new plan is important. (Image: MGN)

Local experts are responding to President Obama's drug fighting plan.

The Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services director in Chattanooga, Paul Fuchcar, tells Newschannel 9, that this new plan is important.

"The good news is that prescription drug abuse is being seen for what it is, and that's a disease," Fuchcar said. "A disease that needs to be treated like diabetes or heart disease. Not like a moral failing."

President Obama says he wants to help Americans fight prescription opiod and heroin abuse.

He plans to provide $1.1 billion to help combat what he calls a heartbreaking epidemic.

That would result in the state of Tennessee receiving $24 million over the next two years.

According to the White House website, the money will help expand access to treatment for opiod use disorders.

This is just one part of the President's proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

More on that proposed budget can be found here.

To learn how to fight heroin and opiod addiction, we have many resources at this link.


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