Macklemore and President Obama Team Up to Address Opioid Addiction

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For President Obama's weekly White House address, he was joined by rapper-songwriter Macklemore to discuss the nation's growing opioid addiction problem. (And according to Billboard, he's the first non-administration official to ever join the commander-in-chief for the weekly address. Quite a feat.) The duo sat down to discuss the matter at hand where Obama notes how drug overdoses now take more lives every year than traffic accidents an issue that holds much personal significance to Macklemore. "I have abused prescription drugs and battled addiction," he says. "If I hadn’t gotten the help I needed when I needed it, I might not be here today. And I want to help others facing the same challenges I did." The Grammy winner was spotted at the White House earlier this week, where he spoke to Obama for an upcoming hour-long MTV documentary about addiction. It'll air later this year.