President Obama, while participating in a drug abuse summit in Atlanta, says the nation's heroin and opioid epidemic should not be considered a ''criminal problem.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama says it's time to stop viewing the problem of drug abuse through the lens of the criminal justice system. Speaking at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Obama says the nation's heroin and opioid epidemic is a "public health problem," not a criminal one. Obama says one of the biggest hurdles in fighting the epidemic right now is a lack of funding for proper and prompt treatment. He urged Congress to pass his budget that calls for an additional $1 billion for drug treatment programs across the countries.