Pres. Obama hosts Prescription Drug Abuse Community Discussion

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Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.1 The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or from the Internet.2 Additionally, the latest Monitoring the Future study—the Nation’s largest survey of drug use among young people—showed that prescription drugs are the second most-abused category of drugs after marijuana.3 In our military, illicit drug use increased from 5 percent to 12 percent among active duty service members over a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, primarily attributed to prescription drug abuse.

Souce:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/rx_abuse_plan.pdf

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
President Obama hosts a community discussion on the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic
East End Family Resource Center, Charleston, West Virginia

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the “Walter Mondale: Living Legacy” Forum
    Washington, DC

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Kerry
    Oval Office

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Carter
    Oval Office

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:45 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at a Gala in Honor of Vice President Mondale
    Washington, DC

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. Pres. Obama hosts Prescription Drug Abuse Community Discussion

    President Obama hosts a community discussion on the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic
    Charleston, West Virginia

    Communities in West Virginia and in states across the country have been developing and implementing responses that involve all sectors of their communities. The President will discuss local, state and federal efforts as well as private sector initiatives with those who are addressing the epidemic on a daily basis.


    • Obama coming to Charleston to talk opioid epidemic

      October 14, 2015 by David Gutman – wvgazettemail

      President Obama will travel to Charleston next week to hold a community discussion on the prescription drug and heroin epidemics that have gripped West Virginia and the rest of the nation.

      During the forum, to be held Wednesday, Obama will meet with an audience of educators, medical professionals, law enforcement officers and others who have been affected by the wave of drug abuse.

      “Communities in West Virginia and in states across the country have been developing and implementing responses that involve all sectors of their communities,” said Keith Maley, a White House spokesman. “The president hopes to discuss local, state and federal efforts, as well as private-sector initiatives with those who are addressing the epidemic on a daily basis.”

      Further details about the president’s trip to Charleston — time and location, for instance — will be available in the coming days, Maley said.

      The Charleston Gazette-Mail is soliciting reader questions about the drug abuse epidemic. The newspaper will provide several of the questions to the president.

      Drug overdoses have recently surpassed traffic crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. More than half of those deaths have come from prescription drugs.

      The problem is particularly acute in the Mountain State.

      “The nation and, specifically, West Virginia, are undergoing an epidemic of opioid prescription drug abuse and resulting suffering,” Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the state Bureau for Public Health, said last month.

      – See more: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151014/GZ01/151019710

      • Obama to announce drug policy changes on Charleston trip

        October 20, 2015 by David Gutman – wvgazettemail

        In conjunction with his trip to Charleston, President Barack Obama will announce new steps to help stem the flow of prescription painkillers and ease the path to treatment for people fighting opioid addiction.

        Obama will issue a memorandum this morning to federal departments and agencies with two directives:

        • The president will require federal agencies to provide training to doctors and nurses who work for the federal government on how to properly prescribe opioid medications, like oxycodone.

        • Federal agencies that provide health insurance will have to review their health plans to see if there are barriers or restrictions that prevent patients from accessing medication-assisted treatments for opioid abuse, like Suboxone. If there are restrictions preventing people from getting those treatments, agencies will have to address those.

        The directives apply only to federal agencies — not private doctors or insurance plans — but the White House wants to set an example for private providers.

        “These are two effective strategies,” Michael Botticelli, the White House’s director of National Drug Control Policy, said in a phone interview. “We want to ensure that the federal government is doing all it can to minimize the magnitude of the epidemic, but also kind of model what we think are good practices.”

        Botticelli will moderate the discussion in Charleston, which, in addition to the president, will feature U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (a native of Hinton) and about 150 invited guests who work with or have been affected by substance abuse.

        Today, Obama also will announce commitments from more than 40 health care groups — including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association — to help make treatment more available and to train more doctors in properly prescribing opioids. There also are new agreements with media companies, including CBS, ABC and Google, to provide millions of dollars in free ad space for public service announcements about prescription drug abuse.

        – See more http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151020/GZ01/151029948

    • EPIDEMIC: RESPONDING TO AMERICA’S PRESCRIPTION
      DRUG ABUSE CRISIS

      Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.1 The same survey found that over 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers got them from friends or relatives, while approximately 5 percent got them from a drug dealer or from the Internet.2 Additionally, the latest Monitoring the Future study—the Nation’s largest survey of drug use among young people—showed that prescription drugs are the second most-abused category of drugs after marijuana.3 In our military, illicit drug use increased from 5 percent to 12 percent among active duty service members over a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, primarily attributed to prescription drug abuse.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/rx_abuse_plan.pdf

    • October 21, 2015

      Remarks by the President at Community Forum at East End Family Resource Center

      Charleston, West Virginia

      2:45 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. Thank you so much. Well, hello, West Virginia! (Applause.) Go, Mountaineers! (Applause.) It is great to be back in what is clearly one of the most beautiful states in the United States of America. One of these days, I’m going to finally try a Tudor’s Biscuit. (Laughter.)

      I want to begin by thanking Jordan for sharing his extraordinary story with us. Jordan is living proof that, when it comes to substance abuse, treatment and recovery, those things are possible if we work together and if we care about each other. And that’s what we’re here to talk about today.

      We’ve got some outstanding leaders who care deeply about this issue. I want to thank your Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, for being here. (Applause.) Your two fine senators — Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. (Applause.) And Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. (Applause.) We’ve also got some outstanding members of my administration who are here — first and foremost, our proud daughter of West Virginia, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. (Applause.) We have the Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli. (Applause.) And we have the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Chuck Rosenberg. (Applause.) Where’s Chuck? He’s around here somewhere.

      And what I want to do is to have a conversation with the panelists here today, take some questions — because this is something that is not a top-down solution type of problem alone. This is going to have to be everybody working together. And we’ve got to understand what families are going through, what law enforcement is going through, what our health systems are going through in order for us to wrap our arms around this problem. So instead of giving a long speech, I just want to offer some initial thoughts to frame our discussion.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/21/remarks-president-community-forum-east-end-family-resource-center

    • The Opioid Epidemic in America

      Published on Oct 21, 2015

      Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, meets with local law enforcement officials and visits a treatment facility in Maryland to discuss criminal justice reform and the opioid drug epidemic.

  3. Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden to honor Walter Mondale at D.C. tribute

    By Joe Kimball | 10/14/15

    Former Vice President Walter Mondale, who also ran for president and served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, will be honored at a day-long policy event Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C.

    Speakers at a culminating dinner that evening will include former President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Joe Biden. Gov. Mark Dayton and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken also will speak at the dinner.

    The sold-out event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where Mondale, 87, now teaches.

    For more: http://www.minnpost.com/political-agenda/2015/10/jimmy-carter-and-joe-biden-honor-walter-mondale-dc-tribute

  4. October 20, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau of Canada

    The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau of Canada to congratulate him on the Liberal Party’s victory in the October 19 elections. The two leaders agreed on the importance of deepening the already strong United States-Canada relationship and committed to strengthening the countries’ joint efforts to promote trade, combat terrorism, and mitigate climate change. In particular, they noted the successful conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and the need to move forward with implementing the high standards of the agreement, which promises to boost economic growth and support good-paying jobs on both sides of the border. They committed to work together to achieve an ambitious and durable global climate agreement in Paris in December. The President wished the Prime Minister-Designate well and noted that he looks forward to meeting with him in the near future.

  5. WH

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:10 PM
    Vice President Biden Delivers a Statement
    Rose Garden

    12:15 PM
    President Obama departs White House enroute to Charleston, WV
    South Lawn

    12:30 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    1:00 PM
    1:35 PM
    President Obama arrives Charleston, WV
    McLaughlin Air National Guard Base

    2:00 PM
    2:20 PM
    President Obama hosts a community discussion on the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic
    East End Family Resource Center, Charleston, West Virginia

    3:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at Better Make Room Student Rally with LeBron James
    University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama departs Charleston, WV
    McLaughlin Air National Guard Base

    5:00 PM
    5:20 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    5:30 PM
    President Obama arrives White House
    South Lawn

    6:00 PM
    6:35 PM
    President Obama hosts Congressional Democrats at a working reception
    State Dining Room

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  6. October 21, 2015

    Statement by The Vice President

    Rose Garden

    12:18 P.M. EDT

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good morning, folks. Please, please, sit down.

    Mr. President, thank you for lending me the Rose Garden for a minute.

    THE PRESIDENT: It’s a pretty nice place. (Laughter.)

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others, that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for President, that it might close. I’ve concluded it has closed.

    I know from previous experience that there is no timetable for this process. The process doesn’t respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses. But I also know that I could do this if — I couldn’t do this if the family wasn’t ready. The good news is the family has reached that point. But as I’ve said many times, my family has suffered a loss and I hope there would come a time — and I’ve said this to many other families — that sooner rather than later, when you think of your loved one it brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. Well, that’s where the Bidens are today — thank God. Beau is our inspiration.

    Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time — the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent. I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/21/statement-vice-president

  7. October 21, 2015

    Remarks by the First Lady at Better Make Room Student Rally with LeBron James

    University of Akron
    Akron, Ohio

    3:11 P.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Wow! Hey, you guys! (Applause.) How you guys feeling? How does this feel? (Applause.) Wait, wait, wait — what was that? (Applause.) Are you feeling good? (Applause.) Are you feeling proud of yourselves? (Applause.) Well, I’m proud of you guys. I’m really happy to be here with you. I’m just so honored.

    I want to start by giving a round of applause to Miah for her wonderful introduction. (Applause.) To Mr. Mike Wilbon for taking the time to be here. He’s amazing, we are grateful to you. (Applause.)

    And of course, I want to just take a moment to talk about Mr. LeBron, as you all call him. (Applause.) I was telling Mr. LeBron that he has two huge fans in the White House — that’s me, and that’s President Obama. (Applause.) We are two of his biggest fans.

    Now, yes, he is probably one of the greatest athletes on the planet — (applause) — but we love this man because of the man he is, you know? Not because of the athlete he is — we love him because of the father, the husband, the son, the friend, the citizen that he is. He is a role model. And we are so proud of the fact that he is stepping up so huge for this state, for this city, for the families in this room. (Applause.) I’m just — man, I love LeBron James, all right? So I would do anything for him, and I would do anything for you all. And that’s really why we’re here today.

    We have done all of this, and I’ve flown all the way in from Washington, because of you. And I really want you kids to understand that all of this is for you. We’re here because you all are amazing. And I want you to take that in. I want you to own the fact that all these important people are here because of how amazing you all are, how hardworking you are, all the things you are doing to keep the promises that you made to LeBron. We’re here because of that.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/21/remarks-first-lady-better-make-room-student-rally-lebron-james

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