The State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act (HR 2466, 116th Congress) would authorize $1 billion annually for fiscal years 2020 through 2024 to address the ongoing opioid crisis. The Act states that these funds would be authorized in the same fashion as was appropriated in the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act in 2018 (Public Law 115-141). Out of the $1 billion authorized for appropriation, the Act specifies that at least $50 million would be earmarked for Indian tribal groups.
CNN – The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy outlined Thursday its top priorities for combating illicit drug abuse and distribution in the United States in the office's first National Drug Control Strategy.
The Washington Post – One-third of Americans who have taken prescription opioids for at least two months say they became addicted to, or physically dependent on, the powerful painkillers, according to a new survey.
USA TODAY – With $500 million in hand to fight the opioid epidemic, White House officials are moving quickly to get that money flowing to the hardest-hit states—and pushing local officials to spend the new dollars on treatment above other addiction-related initiatives.
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