WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama has joined forces with the rap artist Macklemore to improve efforts to reach out to those addicted to opioids and those who overdose on the drug often found in prescription painkillers.
Obama and the rap artist appear on a video in the White House weekly address to talk about a problem that has been rapidly growing worse in recent years. Macklemore notes he abused the drugs and battled addiction.
The president says his administration is pushing for improved treatment, and he notes Congress has moved ahead on several measures. The House this week passed measures setting up federal grants and taking other steps to battle the drug epidemic.
Obama says “unless they also make actual investments in more treatment, it won’t get Americans the help they need.”