DNC addresses opioid epidemic

Democrats addressed the nation's growing opioid crisis during the first day of the Democratic National Convention Monday night, according to Forbes.

Pam Livengood, a mother from Keene, N.H., spoke about her daughter's opioid addiction during the first night of the convention. She said she explained her connection to the epidemic to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and said Ms. Clinton was the only politician who "took action [and] came up with a plan," according to the report.

Throughout her campaign, Ms. Clinton has detailed a five-point plan to curb opioid misuse, abuse and overdose.

New Hampshire Senator Jeanna Shaheen followed Ms. Livengood's speech to explain how the epidemic has affected her state.

According to Forbes, there were nearly 18,893 deaths involving prescription opioids nationally in 2014. Deaths from drugs like fentanyl and tramadol increased by 79% from 2013 to 2014. President Obama passed a law Friday addressing the crisis despite funding concerns.

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