Chirlane McCray and Patrick Kennedy: We urge Congress to fund opioid treatment nationally

Opioid overdoses killed more Americans than breast cancer last year. But as the nation debates the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, we must confront this fundamental question — what will happen if millions with an addiction or another mental health condition lose healthcare coverage or are unable to afford life-saving treatment?

This isn’t a red state or blue state issue. It’s a family issue, and any family can fall victim to opioid addiction. That means we all have a stake in shattering the stigma and providing every American with access to treatment.

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