President Obama has enlisted Macklemore to assist in the fight against the nation's opioid addiction crisis.
Appearing alongside POTUS in his weekly address, the rapper spoke on his own battle with prescription drugs, saying, "I take this personally. If I hadn’t gotten the help I needed when I needed it, I might not be here today. And I want to help others facing the same challenges I did." He also recalls losing a friend at the age of 21 to a painkillers overdose.
Obama noted that opioid deaths have tripled since 2000, and criticized the lack of new funding going towards addressing the abuse crisis. Despite having proposed $1.1 billion to combat opioid addiction in his last budget, Republican legislation in the House refused to consider it.
Obama said, "This week, the House passed several bills about opioids – but unless they also make actual investments in more treatment, it won’t get Americans the help they need. On top of funding, doctors also need more training about the power of the pain medication they prescribe, and the risks they carry."