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Millions Of Dollars Coming To States Battling The Opioid Crisis

Apr 20, 2017

The Trump administration has announced plans to distribute $485 million to all 50 states, and United States territories. The Health and Human Services grants are part of a health bill signed into law by President Barack Obama, designed to help states combat the worsening opioid epidemic. Under the plan, Ohio stands to receive more than $26 million. 

National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths from Opioid Drugs. The figure above is a bar chart showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving opioid drugs from 2002 to 2015. Included in this number are opioid analgesics, along with heroin and illicit synthetic opioids. The chart is overlayed by a line graph showing the number of deaths of females and males. From 2002 to 2015 there was a 2.8-fold increase in the total number of deaths.
Credit www.drugabuse.gov/

The money can be used to pay for opioid-addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services.

In a statement, Health and Human Services officials say grants were allocated based on states’ particular overdose rates and unmet treatment needs. 

The funding is the first of two rounds provided for by the 21st Century Cures Act, passed in December, 2016. The legislation included $1 billion in funding to states for mental health and opioid-addiction treatment programs.   

Federal health officials say about 33,000 people across the United States died from an opioid overdose in 2015. In Ohio, opioid overdoses caused more than 3,000 deaths. 

State health officials say the opioid-overdose numbers are likely to rise as 2016 data becomes available.