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Jun
9
2008

Obama and McCain on Addiction Issues

Categories: Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, News, Public Policy, Substance Abuse, Treatment

Now that the presidential nominees are clear, it’s time to take a look at where Barack Obama and John McCain stand on the issues. Those in the substance abuse treatment and recovery realm may have a reason to be hopeful when considering these candidates in November. According to William Cope Moyers, vice president of external affairs at Hazelden, he has “never been more hopeful that addiction treatment will begin to get the attention it deserves, because we at least have two candidates who are aware of the issue.”

Not necessarily sweeping praise, but positive none the less.

A feature news article by Bob Curley on JoinTogether.org takes a look at where Obama and McCain stand on addiction issues. At this point, we’ve probably heard more about both candidates own past issues with drugs or alcohol, Obama with his admitted drug use and McCain’s admitted past heavy drinking. The article notes that McCain’s family has a history of alcoholism and his wife, Cindy, is in recovery from an addiction to prescription drugs. Cindy McCain also heads a large Anheuser-Busch distributor in Arizona.

While neither candidate has really come out with any specific stance on addiction, treatment or prevention, they are certainly more versed on the issues than the current administration. Curley notes Obama’s pledge to combat methamphetamine in rural communities, his expansion of drug courts and recognition of the need to help parents talk to their kids about the dangers of drugs, for example, from his Blueprint for America.

Curley calls McCain’s interest in addiction issues more “indirect,” noting that much of his focus has been on regulating the tobacco industry. McCain only seems to address substance abuse and mental health issues directly when they affect military veterans.

What do you think? Read the full article and make your own opinion: “Obama and McCain: Where they Stand on Addiction Issues

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One thought on “Obama and McCain on Addiction Issues

  1. Gee, let me think about this for a minute.
    McCain is a Reagan republican. Remember Reagan? The guy who practically funded the entire American economy on drug money while his wife came on TV with her fake smile and did her best Marie Antoinette “let them eat cake” slogan: JUST SAY NO.
    You want to get poor kids in the inner city to stop living and dying over crack? How about giving them hope for the future? Like, I don’t know, perhaps chance at a better life, better job, maybe even the potential to get to college?
    But, no. I understand that every single person who cares about America’s drug problem must vote republican no matter what the plain, obvious facts are.
    They have better PR.

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