Warren rolls out $100 billion plan to fight opioid crisis

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May 08, 2019 - 12:16 pm
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren rolled out her opioid crisis plan on Wednesday.

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The $100 billion proposal comes just days before the Massachusetts senator heads to West Virginia and Ohio. That trip will include a stop in Kermit, West Virginia where a congressional report found that a single pharmacy in the 400 person town, was receiving the equivalent of 10,000 pills a day, CNN reports.

Opioid overdoses resulted in more than 47,000 deaths in 2017, according to the CDC.

Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) say the CARE Act will focus on bringing support to the epicenters of the addiction crisis.

"If the CARE Act becomes law, every single person would get the care they need," Warren wrote in a Medium post.

She added that the funds for the proposal will come from her wealth tax proposal.

Warren says the crisis has been particularly hard on communities of color.

"The crisis has also severely impacted communities of color, exacerbated by existing health disparities," she wrote. "For example, in 2017 the number of opioid-related deaths was 692 in Baltimore, almost as high as West Virginia, 833 -- the state with the highest death rate in the country -- with most deaths occurring in the black community."

The opioid epidemic has become a big issue on the 2020 campaign trail. Sen. Amy Klobuchar released her policy plan for addiciton and mental health policy last week.

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