Former President Bill Clinton is lending his considerable clout to the fight against prescription drugs. At a NYU panel discussion on Monday, President Clinton pledged to lend his support to cut overdose deaths within five years. The Clinton Foundation will target 18-26 year olds at risk for overdose from drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Adderall. Its initiative will work to improve drug monitoring programs and develop campus initiatives on universities. “This is insane to have the brightest of our young people dropping out under conditions of which their addiction has not been treated or their abuse is out of ignorance,” Clinton said.
Between 2004 and 2010, New York City saw a tripling in the rate of emergency room visits related to painkillers. Clinton was joined on the panel by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and NYU President John Sexton. Kelly described how an NYPD police officer became addicted to pills after an injury and began robbing drug stores at gunpoint. Kelly said, “ The NYPD has seen firsthand the destructive power of addiction to Oxycontin.”
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