According to a Friday announcement by the Biden administration, $1.5 billion in grants will be given to states, territories, and tribal lands to help them fight the opioid crisis.
The awards will promote accessibility to treatment and recovery support programmes, enable states to engage in more effective overdose education, and improve the availability of FDA-approved naloxone medications, which are used to assist reverse an opioid overdose.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose caused the deaths of more than 107,000 Americans last year. In comparison to 2020, the number showed a 15% rise in overdose-related fatalities.
To assist those in recovery and talk about grant financing, representatives of the Biden administration, including Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, attended a Recovery Month Summit on Friday.
Walsh stated on Twitter, “As someone in long-term recovery, I know how crucial access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment is.
A funding commitment of more than $104 million will be made with the express purpose of assisting rural towns, which have been particularly hard-hit by the opioid crisis. It will be used for new locations for medication-assisted therapy as well as outreach, education, and workforce training.
In his budget proposal for the 2023 fiscal year, Vice President Biden also proposed for an investment of more than $42.5 billion in funding for National Drug Control Agencies. The investment would represent an increase of $3.2 billion from the prior year.