Former President Bill Clinton spoke to the Sixth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit in Little Rock on Monday, April 10, on the opioid epidemic impacting the United States. Joined by a panel of experts, Clinton urged people to talk talk about opioid and prescription drug dependence now and to consider new methods of medication-assisted treatment such as vaccines. Some 23 million people are estimated to be actively recovering from the illness in the US.
Clinton returns home to Arkansas to speak out on this topic at a time when rural states are among the hardest hit by the epidemic. A recent article in the New York Times compares the deaths from drug overdoes to those of the HIV epidemic at its peak in the early 1990's.
Read more here about how rural areas are coping.