Obama announces new moves to fight opioid and heroin abuse epidemic

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By Nadia Kounang, CNN Updated 4:29 PM ET, Tue March 29, 2016 (CNN) The Obama administration is making it easier for doctors to use anti-addiction drugs in the fight against an exploding epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. It’s part of a package of new initiatives announced Tuesday that includes other efforts to expand addiction treatment and increase coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. These initiatives are in addition to the $1.1 billion he proposed last month. Overdose deaths from opioids — drugs that include heroin as…

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