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CONGRESS McKinley: Grants will help combat opioid epidemic

Mineral Daily News-Tribune - 6/28/2018


The bipartisan spending deal, signed into law by President Trump last week, provided additional resources to help states combat the opioid epidemic. This was the single largest investment into this crisis to date. The spending package:

? Allocated $4 billion total for FY18 to combat the opioid crisis on all four fronts: enforcement, treatment, education and prevention

? $1 billion in additional funding for State-Targeted Response (STR) grants, first authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act

? Provided a 15% set aside for states with the highest opioid use mortality rates and the Assistant Secretary is encouraged to apply a weighted formula within the set aside based on state ranking.

? Allocated $100 million for a Rural Communities Opioid Response program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), targeted to 220 of the highest risk counties in the country.

?Allocated $30 million for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response program within the Office of Rural Health policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

? Allocated $500 million within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research opioid addiction and develop alternatives to opioids, pain management and addiction treatment, an issue McKinley has been leading on and has introduced legislation to address.


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