Pubdate: Thu, 15 Sep 2016
Source: USA Today (US)
Copyright: 2016 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc
Author: Paul Singer
Note: Headline from print edition


WASHINGTON - Across the nation, while public concern about heroin
addiction is the highest it has been in years, the same can't be said
about attention on the national political stage.

Searches about "heroin" peaked last week for the third time this year
at the highest level in the past five years, according to data from
Google Trends, with the exception of a spike in interest in February
2014 when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose. Drug
overdoses from heroin tripled between 2010 and 2014, and more people
died from drug overdoses than car crashes in 2014, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The surge in opioid addiction and overdoses has been dominating
several key Senate races, but on the presidential campaign trail and
in Washington, the issue has been much less prominent. News coverage
on the presidential race has tended to emphasize ethical charges
against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and focus less around their
positions on various issues. Both the Republican and Democratic
conventions included events intended to highlight the addiction
problem, but Clinton has provided a much more detailed plan for
addressing it.
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