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Obama and Macklemore have teamed up to talk about the opioid crisis in America


In a new MTV documentary, President Barack Obama and Grammy winner Macklemore team up to talk about the opioid crisis in America. 

The president and Macklemore will both be featured in the premiere of "Prescription For Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis." 

In the documentary, the two "openly share their own experiences with substance use as they discuss the scourage and stigma of addiction," MTV said in a statement. 

Obama told CNN in an exclusive interview that the good news is that awareness is starting to rise. 

"I'll be honest with you, part of what's starting to change is that the opioids crisis is getting into communities that are suburban, that are relatively well to do, rural communities, white communities, and people's kids who are being affected are folks who have a voice," Obama told CNN. 

In the hour-long documentary, MTV has said the two will also talk about efforts to end the stigma surrounding addiction. 

According to CNN, Obama said in a clip, "how we've dealt with the reduction of addiction and drugs has been oftentimes counterproductive." 

He said the country needs to shift more resources toward treatment. 

Macklemore is the executive producer of the film, which premiered earlier this week and will air on MTV Tuesday, Oct. 11. 

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