Today President Obama is speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The below statement can be attributed to Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a leading anti-addiction advocacy group.

“Congress and governors around the country should follow President Obama’s lead and give this epidemic the attention it deserves so we can save lives and end the stigma of addiction. We can’t wait another year in which 30,000 Americans die from opioid and heroin addiction, like my son Brian did, before we decide to treat it as the horrible disease it is.”