Clinton’s Top Advisers talk with Iowa and New Hampshire advocates on substance abuse

Clinton’s Top Advisers talk with Iowa and New Hampshire advocates on substance abuse

Top advisers from Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign had a word with substance abuse prevention advocates in Iowa and New Hampshire for discussing the campaign policies related to drug addiction and treatment.

Campaign officials said that last week, two top policy advisers to the campaign Ann O'Leary and Maya Harris held video conferences with top advocates in both early voting states.

In April, Clinton said she is going to make mental health and substance abuse treatment a 'big part' of her campaign after hearing about it on the trail in both states.

During an event in Keene, New Hampshire, Clinton said this was quiet epidemic and it has been striking in small towns and rural areas as much as any big city.

A participant during the roundtable at a furniture factory told Clinton regarding drug addiction in her family and asked Clinton's to share her thoughts on the issue.

Last year, over 300 people have died from drug abuse in New Hampshire. The state has the second lowest treatment capacity in the country, behind Texas.

According to Clinton's campaign, she believes that the states should appropriately fund treatment programs. As per her, the insurance companies must treat addiction the same way they treat physical health.

A number of ideas were discussed on the calls, including a focus on prevention and treatment over criminalization, shortage of treatment capacity and how to adequately fund and provide access to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

Officials said that the campaign is going to start rolling out policy in these areas in the next weeks and months.

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