U.S. government earmarks $1.6 billion to battle opioid crisis and overdose epidemic

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $1.6 billion as a part of an initiative to battle the drug overdose epidemic.

SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response (SOR), Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s rural communities opioid response programs will lead the new initiative.

The government plan will expand access to the opioid mu receptor antagonist naloxone, and improve access to opioid treatment programs. It also includes provisions to reduce abuse of stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine that contribute to the overdose epidemic.

The government initiative will also provide funding for law enforcement in high-intensity drug trafficking areas.

Drug-involved overdose deaths have surged in recent years, according to federal statistics.

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