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Clinton downplays personal ties in discussing US overdose deaths

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"We have to get serious and creative about stemming the tide of drug overdoses and dependency." - Mrs Clinton, speaking on drug abuse at a mental health conference in 2014

New York

IT has become a recurrent moment in Hillary Clinton's speeches as she campaigns for the presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to end the "quiet epidemic" of Americans dying from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs.

Often, she remarks how