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Macklemore to Discuss Opioid Epidemic With President Obama for MTV Docs' 'Prescription for Change' Special

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Macklemore of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performs on stage at Manchester Arena on April 12, 2016 in Manchester, England. 

MTV is rebooting its MTV Docs unit with a special one-on-one conversation featuring President Barack Obama and Seattle rapper Macklemore titled Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis. The hour-long documentary, which will debut today (Oct. 4) at the White House's South by South Lawn Festival, will tackle the opioid epidemic, as the pair discuss their personal experiences with substance use.

"I'm one of millions of Americans who has struggled with addiction and abused pain killers, and if it weren't for treatment and recovery I wouldn't be here today," says Macklemore -- who will also serve as executive producer for the documentary -- in a release sent to Billboard. "This documentary shines a light on some of the things we need to do to address this epidemic."

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Last month, President Obama declared September 18 to 24, 2016, as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week -- to remember those who lost their lives to opioid use disorder, empower those in recovery and bring national attention to the epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids in 2014. 

Prescription for Change will air on MTV on Tuesday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT


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