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2016 Presidential Candidate Scorecards on Addiction

Well, if you were patient enough to listen to over two hours of acceptance speeches from 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last week, you probably don’t remember a big focus on the nation’s addiction/heroin epidemic.

Earlier in the campaign, candidates indeed focused on these issues, because the voters are concerned about drugs in their neighborhoods. Vermont voters, for example, listed opiate addiction as their third most important political issue.

However, what short memories the candidates and their staff have. The amount of times Hillary and Trump mentioned drugs or addiction in their 2016 presidential nomination acceptance speeches can be counted on one finger — Trump once (when talking about open borders) and Clinton never.

Trump 1, Hillary 0.

Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.

Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substance abuse at You can also find and connect with the authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Photos: Donald Trump, by Michael Vadon [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons; Hillary Clinton, by Hillary for Iowa [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Marc Treitler

Marc enjoys spending time with his family and their new Yorkie puppy, Coco. He is an executive of a utility company, which keeps him very busy and allows him to travel throughout the country. When Marc isn’t working or on his phone, his hobbies include: embarrassing his wife and kids, convincing his daughter that boys are bad, passing his musical tastes to his son, cleaning-up puppy pee inside the house, and talking politics to anyone that will listen.