Obama Proposes $1.1 Billion in New Funding to Address Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction
Posted By Schick Shadel || Mar 1, 2016
President Obama recently announced his budget for the fiscal year of 2017. In it, he proposes allocating $1.1 billion to support further programs trying to reduce the high number of heroin and prescription drug abuse and addiction.
Prescription drug use and heroin abuse are becoming an epidemic in our nation. Research now shows that more American die because of a drug overdose than a car accident. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrates that 28,648 individuals died in 2014 because of opioid use. This included both prescription drugs and heroin use.
President Obama made addressing opioid addiction a priority for his administration, a goal he aims to accomplish. The White House recently released Obama’s proposed budget for 2017 in which he wants to give over a billion dollars to combat opioid usage. There are two ways the budget plans to address the epidemic.
The first method provides $1 billion in mandatory funding to expand treatment programs for heroin and prescription drug abuse over the course of two years. This should allow access for individuals who need it.
The government plans to breakdown the budget as such:
- $920 million will go towards funding more medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.
- $50 million of National Health Service Corps funding will go to fund approximately 700 providers of disorder treatment centers.
- $30 million of the budget will go towards modes of evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of the programs.