The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently set aside $70 million to help curb opiod overdoses and abuse, the American Hospital Association (AHA) said in a release.
“Putting an end to the opioid crisis ravaging our country is a top priority for President (Donald) Trump and all of us at the Department of Health and Human Services,” HHS Secretary Tom Price said in an HHS release. "The purpose of these grants is to empower the heroes in this fight – the men and women on the forefront of supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives in their communities.”
Of the $70 million, $28 million will go toward prescription treatment, $41.7 million will provide training and education for those helping in communities, and $1 million will be used to increase treatment options for patients. The funding comes from two grant programs and was approved by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
Prior to these two grants, all states received additional funding to help fight opiod problems nationwide, and $3.3 million was allotted for treatment programs to help pregnant and postpartum women who suffer from drug abuse.