The President issued a Memorandum to Federal Departments and Agencies, directing them to (1) ensure that prescribers of opioids are properly trained and to (2) improve access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining law enforcement and treatment programs. Today, the President will travel to West Virginia to hear directly from individuals and families affected by this epidemic and the health care professionals, law enforcement officers, and community leaders working to prevent addiction and respond to its aftermath.

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