President Obama linked the raging prescription drug abuse epidemic to income inequality, saying that people in vulnerable communities are especially at risk for becoming drug addicts.

"The truth of them matter is that poor communities are more vulnerable," he said during a Wednesday forum in West Virginia, one of the hardest hit states from the drug abuse epidemic.

The president announced a plan to help combat opioid addiction by requiring federally contracted healthcare professions to be trained on how to properly prescribe opioids. He also wants to remove barriers to getting medical treatments to addicts for overdoses.

Obama said opioid addiction affects everyone, but hits poorer communities the hardest.

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