US President Joe Biden speaks concerning the DISCLOSE Act on the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on September 20, 2022.
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The Biden administration announced Friday it’s awarding $1.5 billion in grants to assist states, territories and tribal lands combat the opioid crisis.
The grants will expand access to treatment and recovery support services, allow states to speculate in higher overdose education and increase the accessibility of FDA-approved naloxone products, that are used to assist reverse an opioid overdose.
Last yr, greater than 107,000 people died after overdosing within the U.S., in response to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figure marked a 15% increase in overdose-related deaths from 2020.
Members of the Biden administration, including Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, attended a Recovery Month Summit Friday to point out support for people in recovery and discuss the grant funding.
“As someone in long-term recovery, I understand how essential access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment is,” Walsh wrote on Twitter.
Greater than $104 million in funding will specifically aim to support rural communities, which have been particularly hard-hit by the opioid crisis. It’ll be allocated for workforce training, education and outreach in addition to recent sites for medication-assisted treatment.
Biden also called for an investment of greater than $42.5 billion in funding for National Drug Control Agencies as a part of his 2023 fiscal-year budget. The investment would mark a $3.2 billion increase from the previous yr.