In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. He reminded us that it is our citizens—entrepreneurs, farmers, veterans, doctors, fathers, mothers—who make the state of our union strong. He called for more jobs, a well-prepared workforce, and equal access to world-class education.
Yet for far too many Americans, opportunity is dimmed by addiction. Approximately 100 people die every day from drug overdoses across the country, and millions more struggle with substance use disorders. But in the coming months and years, the Affordable Care Act will expand access to substance use and mental health treatment to 62 million Americans, and the more than 20 million people in long-term recovery from addiction are proof that treatment works. Now, GRAMMY-award winning musician Macklemore has partnered with mtvU, the Jed Foundation and Clinton Health Matters to open up about his own struggle with addiction and his life in recovery to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse: