Biden to Allocate $1.5 Billion to Fight Opioid Crisis
the president of United States, Joe Biden, announced that it will allocate $1.5 billion dollars to combat the crisis of opioids in the country, which kills thousands of Americans each year.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the nation (CDC), during 2021 more than 107 thousand people died from overdoses of drugs, a almost 15% increase compared to the previous year.
With funding from the national Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), it is intended to increase access to treatment of substance abuse and remove barriers to public health interventions, the White House said in a statement.
It will also allow states to increase investments in education on overdose and expand access to recovery support services, he added.
In addition, the US president’s government will invest $104 million dollars in public, private and non-profit entities in rural areas, to expand treatment and prevention of substance use, in the face of the overdose epidemic.
This in order to create new assisted treatment sites and train the staff who work in them, as well as invest in education and outreach to prevent and treat substance use. To this are added the $20.5 million dollars that HHS will grant to increase access to recovery supports.
Finally, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will allocate $12 million to prevent firearms crimes associated with drug trafficking. This is in addition to the $275 million that was announced in April for this agency.
The White House also detailed the implementation of financial sanctions to disrupt global drug trafficking operations, especially fentanyl supply chains and the illicit production of synthetic opioids.