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President Barack Obama and Macklemore Address Opioid Addiction

President Barack Obama and Macklemore paired up for the weekly address to confront an issue that is multiplying at disturbing proportions: Opioid addiction.

The video, published online, was released to call attention to Obama’s recent call on Congress to adjust the budget to include 1.1 billion dollars in funding for those struggling with Opioid abuse. According to the President, “Deaths from opioid overdoses have tripled since 2000. A lot of time, they're from legal drugs prescribed from a doctor, so addiction doesn't always start in some dark alley; it often starts in a medicine cabinet.”

Honored to be at @WhiteHouse with @mtv to talk to President Obama about opioid addiction. Really excited for this project. More to come soon.
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Macklemore, a known advocate against drug abuse, incorporates his battle with addiction into his songs as a reoccurring theme, and openly admits to struggling with unhealthy drug habits in the past. The singer, who most notably wrote the song "Kevin" about his close friend who passed from drug abuse, addresses his own struggles combatting drug addiction, and the strength it took him to enter rehab.

Macklemore, a known advocate against drug abuse, often sings about drug abuse, and openly admits to his own struggle with unhealthy drug habits in the past. The singer, who most notably wrote the song “Kevin” about his close friend who passed from drug abuse, addresses the extent of his own problem, the strength it took him to enter rehab.

H/T: Rolling Stone

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