2016 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Panel Discussion with President Obama

President Barack Obama announced March 22, that he will speak during the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 29. President Obama will participate in a Panel Discussion scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The President’s appearance follows his visit last year to West Virginia, where he announced a number of new public and private sector actions to address the epidemic, including a Presidential Memorandum on prescriber training and opioid use disorder treatment.

As part of these efforts, on March 15 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain to help primary care providers — who account for prescribing nearly half of all opioid prescriptions — ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients.

The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his Administration and put forward a request earlier this year for $1.1 billion in new funding-most of which would go directly to States – to ensure that every American who wants treatment can get the help they need.

For more: http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org/presidents-visit/

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
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    11:25 AM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
    South Lawn

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    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route Atlanta, Georgia

    12:30 PM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at Johns Hopkins University on the cancer moonshot
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

    1:00 PM
    1:40 PM
    President Obama arrives Atlanta, Georgia
    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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    President Obama participates in a panel discussion on herion and opioid addiction
    National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
    AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia

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    4:15 PM
    President Obama departs Atlanta, Georgia
    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    4:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

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    5:45 PM
    President Obama arrives White House
    South Lawn

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  2. Panel Discussion with President Obama

    President Barack Obama announced March 22, that he will speak during the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 29. President Obama will participate in a Panel Discussion scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

    The President’s appearance follows his visit last year to West Virginia, where he announced a number of new public and private sector actions to address the epidemic, including a Presidential Memorandum on prescriber training and opioid use disorder treatment.

    As part of these efforts, on March 15 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain to help primary care providers — who account for prescribing nearly half of all opioid prescriptions — ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients.

    The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his Administration and put forward a request earlier this year for $1.1 billion in new funding-most of which would go directly to States – to ensure that every American who wants treatment can get the help they need.

    For more: http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org/presidents-visit/

    • March 29, 2016

      Remarks by the President in Panel Discussion at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

      AmericasMart Building Two
      Atlanta, Georgia

      2:27 P.M. EDT

      DR. GUPTA: Mr. President, I’m going to start with you. Obviously you have a lot going on, and this is a significant commitment. You flew down here. You’re attending this conference. You’re going to make comments here. Why this particular topic for you, sir?

      THE PRESIDENT: Because it’s important, and it’s costing lives, and it’s devastating communities.

      And I want to begin by thanking Congressman Rogers for helping to put this together and the leadership that he has shown. We very much appreciate him and his staff for making this happen. (Applause.) I want to thank UNITE, and the organization that has been carrying the laboring oar on this issue for many years now. We are very grateful to them. And I just want to thank our panelists — especially Crystal and Justin. Obviously we greatly appreciate the work the doctor does, but part of what’s so important is being able to tell in very personal terms what this means to families and to communities. And so I am looking forward to hearing from them.

      This is something that has been a top priority of ours for quite some time. My job is to promote the safety, the health, the prosperity of the American people. And that encompasses a whole range of things. It means that we’re tracking down ISIL leaders, and it means that we’re responding to natural disasters, and it means that we’re trying to promote a strong economy. And when you look at the staggering statistics in terms of lives lost, productivity impacted, costs to communities, but most importantly, cost to families from this epidemic of opioids abuse, it has to be something that is right up there at the top of our radar screen.

      You mentioned the number 28,000. I’s important to recognize that today we are seeing more people killed because of opioid overdose than traffic accidents. I mean, think about that. A lot of people tragically die of car accidents, and we spend a lot of time and a lot of resources to reduce those fatalities. And the good news is, is that we’ve actually been very successful. Traffic fatalities are much lower today than they were when I was a kid because we systematically looked at the data and we looked at the science, and we developed strategies and public education that allowed us to be safer drivers.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/29/remarks-president-panel-discussion-national-prescription-drug-abuse-and

  3. Intl Women of Courage Awards

    Established in 2007, the annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide. The International Women of Courage CelebrationThis award recognizes the State Department’s International Women of Courage honorees who are making a significant difference in the lives of women and children.

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    2016 International Women of Courage Award Winners

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    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cwg

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    March 29, 2016
    10:30 PM EDT
    2016 International Women of Courage Awards
    Washington, DC

    Live Stream: http://www.state.gov

    • China Blocks Activist’s Trip to US for ‘Women of Courage’ Award

      March 29, 2016 12:42 PM Nike Ching – VOAnews

      STATE DEPARTMENT—

      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recognized 14 women from around the globe with International Women of Courage awards Tuesday for their leadership in advocating for justice, human rights, democracy, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

      One of those honored, human rights activist Ni Yulan of China, was barred from traveling to Washington by her government.

      “This year we recognize a group of women who are demonstrating courage in three pivotal areas,” Kerry said. “They are exposing and opposing gender-based violence; they are combating corruption and strengthening rule of law; and they are promoting justice and human rights for all.”

      This year’s honorees include a Yazidi activist from Syria who is dedicated to combating gender-based violence; human rights lawyers and advocates for disadvantaged and marginalized citizens; activists and executives of non-governmental organizations who fight against radicalization and discrimination and advocate for transgender rights; and a Russian journalist who champions democracy and freedom of information.

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/china-blocks-activists-trip-to-us-for-women-of-courage-award/3259743.html

  4. WH

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
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    9:55 AM
    President Obama hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast
    State Dining Room

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    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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

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  5. March 29, 2016

    White House to Host Women and the Criminal Justice System Convening

    Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30 the White House will host a convening on Women and the Criminal Justice System. In honor of Women’s History Month and in the lead up to the United State of Women Summit, this event will bring together justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other leading advocates for a more equitable and effective justice system. The event will also provide a collaborative environment to discuss and share ideas on ways to improve women’s access to justice in the community, courtroom and cell block.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/29/white-house-host-women-and-criminal-justice-system-convening

  6. March 25, 2016

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Central African Republic to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President-elect of the Central African Republic

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Central African Republic to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President-elect of the Central African Republic, on March 30, 2016.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/25/president-obama-announces-presidential-delegation-central-african

  7. ADP reports 200,000 private sector jobs added in March

    Mar 30, 2016 8:26 a.m. ET Greg Robb – marketwatch

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The private sector added 200,000 jobs in March, ADP reported Wednesday, a modest deceleration from the prior month’s revised 205,000.

    The increase in March was roughly in line with expectations. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a March gain of 205,000 from the original February estimate of 214,000.

    “All indications are that the job machine will remain in high gear,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, which prepares the report using ADP’s data.

    For more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/adp-reports-200000-private-sector-jobs-added-in-march-2016-03-30-81032114?rss=1

  8. March 30, 2016

    Remarks by the President and the Vice President at Easter Prayer Breakfast

    State Dining Room

    9:45 A.M. EDT

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everyone. This is one of our favorite events. And it’s an honor to be with so many faith leaders and lay faithful this one last time for Easter in the White House — with us, anyway.

    AUDIENCE: Noooo —

    THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ll tell you what, it’s been a great honor. It’s been a great honor. He’s not bad to work for either, you know what I mean? (Laughter.)

    My wife, Jill, whenever she wants to make sure I get the message that she wants to deliver to me that morning, literally, she tapes it on the mirror while I’m shaving. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking — I’m not joking. And about a year and a half ago — a little longer, actually, almost two years ago — she taped a quote on my mirror at home in Wilmington which is still there, and it’s a quote from Kierkegaard. He said, “Faith sees best in the dark.” Faith sees best in the dark. And all of you know better than anyone that faith is a gift from God. Because faith works best when you’re the least. Faith works best when you’re most frightened, in my view. And faith works best when you’re not exactly sure where to go.

    And I know there’s a lot of fear and unease around the world. The President and I travel around the world a lot, and all you got to do is just look at the recent attacks in Belgium and Turkey and Pakistan. And while fear is understandable, exploiting that fear is absolutely unacceptable. When innocent people are ostracized simply because of their faith, when we turn our backs on the victims of evil and persecution, it’s just wrong.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/30/remarks-president-and-vice-president-easter-prayer-breakfast

  9. Women and the Criminal Justice System

    Published on Mar 30, 2016

    The White House hosts a convening on Women and the Criminal Justice System. In honor of Women’s History Month and in the lead up to the United State of Women Summit, this event brings together justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other leading advocates for a more equitable and effective justice system, March 30, 2016.

    • March 30, 2016

      Remarks by the President on Commutations of Prison Sentences

      **Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk.

      1:32 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, this has been an extraordinary lunch that I’ve had a chance to have here with some extraordinary people. As all of you know, it has been one of my top priorities for us to bring about a more sensible, more effective approach to our criminal justice system, particularly when it comes to drug crimes. And part of that has been to try to make sure that we have, on the front end, sensible sentencing, rehabilitation, education and training in prison to prepare people so that they’re not going back to the old mistakes that they made before.

      Part of it has been to really reinvigorate our commutations and pardons process, because it is my strong belief that by exercising these presidential powers, I have the chance to show people what a second chance can look like, that I can highlight the individuals who are getting these second chances and doing extraordinary things with their lives.

      And this is just a small sample of individuals whose sentences were commuted, a couple by me, a couple by President Bush, a couple by President Clinton. They’re all at different stages of this new chapter in their lives, but the stories are extraordinary. You’ve got individuals sitting around this table who are now attorneys themselves, and raising children, and about to get married. You’ve got folks who are inspirational speakers and working with those who are reentering society after having done their time, and helping people make adjustments.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/30/remarks-president-commutations-prison-sentences

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      Q What message would you have for employers who perhaps would like to give people like the folks you’re meeting with today a second chance?

      THE PRESIDENT: “Well, many of the people sitting at this table described with incredible gratitude the employers who did give them that chance. And what I think employers will find is that if they are willing to look past mistakes that often were made when these individuals were 20, 21, 23, and now they are older and more mature, you’ll end up getting really hard, really loyal workers.

      And I’ve heard that repeatedly from employers, that if they are willing to take a chance on somebody, they will be rewarded by somebody who is grateful and will go above and beyond the call of duty. But unfortunately, we have a lot of barriers in a lot of companies. This is part of the reason why, at the federal level, we have instituted a banning of the box. Because so often, that prevents somebody from even meeting a felon, because all they see is there’s a record there, and don’t have a chance to hear somebody’s story and get a measure of the man or the woman and their ability to do the job.

      I am very supportive of us generally eliminating that as a screening function. I think employers are going to have to continue to recognize that there are some particular issues surrounding persons who are ex-offenders that may have to be accommodated. They may have to meet with their probation officer occasionally and so forth.

      But uniformly, when I’ve talked to employers who take a chance — and that includes, by the way, this establishment, which is one of the reasons that we decided to have lunch here, Busboys and Poets — burger was excellent. (Laughter.) But what is also true is, is that they’ve given a number of ex-offenders a chance and do not screen using that box to find out at the front end whether somebody should get an interview or now.

      What they’ll find is they will get somebody who is driven and understands how precious it is just to have a chance to be useful and to do good work. And the kindness that employers show I think will be returned many fold. So I hope that that’s a practice among private sector employers and public sector employers that begins to spread. ”

      3/30/16 President Obama

  10. Trump backs abortion ban, calls for ‘punishment’ for women

    3/30/16 04:09PMBy Steve Benen – maddowblog

    In every presidential election since Roe v. Wade, the Republican nominee has opposed abortion rights. GOP candidates have differed on some of the details, but broadly speaking, national Republican candidates have said largely the same thing about one of the nation’s most controversial social issues.

    That said, when a presidential hopeful talks about “punishment” for women, it’s something altogether different. NBC News’ Ali Vitali reports:

    Donald Trump believes that there should be punishment for women who undergo abortions if the procedure was outlawed, but indicated he has yet to determine what that punishment should be.

    In an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the GOP front-runner described himself multiple times as “pro-life” but struggled to define what the legal ramifications of that position would be if it became the law. When continually pressed for what the answer is regarding punishing women who would break any theoretical ban, Trump said the “answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah.”

    The full interview will air this evening, but note in the interim that Trump didn’t seem eager to answer the question. Chris Matthews asked the GOP frontrunner whether women should be punished for trying to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, and Trump spent a fair amount of time trying to avoid answering.

    Eventually, however, the Republican candidate said abortion has to be banned and there “has to be some form of punishment” for women who seek abortions. And what might this punishment be?

    “I don’t know,” Trump said. “That I don’t know.” He added this is “a very complicated position.”

    Don’t bother the candidate with substantive details. He prefers to be more of a “big picture” guy.

    Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-backs-abortion-ban-calls-punishment-women#break

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