May 14, 2016


Watch Macklemore & President Obama Talk Opioid Abuse

Every Saturday, President Barack Obama talks to America in his weekly address online. And on May 14, he made history yet again by inviting his first celebrity on the address. Obama and Macklemore went in front of the White House cameras to discuss opioid abuse, an issue that's close to the rapper because of his past addiction. The talk is part of Macklemore's upcoming MTV documentary about drug abuse, which will air this summer.

In the address, they urge leaders in Washington to help fund recovery programs and more training for doctors dealing with the disease of addiction. Here's what Macklemore had to say:

"Shame and the stigma associated with the disease keeps too many people from seeking the help they need. Addiction isn’t a personal choice or a personal failing.  And sometimes it takes more than a strong will to get better—it takes a strong community and accessible resources."

Macklemore, a.k.a. Ben Haggerty, has previously come forward about his own struggles with drugs. He wrote about a friend he lost to the disease in his song, "Kevin." 

Along with Macklemore's talk with POTUS, MTV will also meet with other young adults who have been impacted by this disease, an MTV source tells Fuse. The goal is to raise awareness of this epidemic, discuss treatment options and destigmatize opioid addiction. The one-hour documentary has yet to get a release date.