The subjects of mental health and substance abuse are not always at the forefront when it comes to politics and political platforms. However, recent announcements have proved that 2016 presidential contenders will address these issues during the course of their campaigns. With such important topics receiving the attention they deserve, the presidential race will open up the discussion of substance abuse and how best to tackle the “quiet epidemic” affecting such a substantial portion of our population.

Bringing about awareness and proactive discussions will be the first step to changing how we see and address the challenges of substance abuse and mental health in our country. With such stigmas attached to these topics, opening up the dialogue and expanding talks will be critical to the future and improvements in these fields.

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