President Obama’s new budget for the 2017 fiscal year plans to allocate $1.1 billion in mandatory funding to address the opioid and heroin use epidemic. The money will be used to offer access to treatment plans for anyone seeking help.
The United States has an opioid and heroin use epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2014, over approximately 40,055 individuals lost their lives to drug overdoses. Of this number, 28,648 people used prescription drugs and heroin. This means drugs caused more American deaths than car accidents. Furthermore, a 2012 study shows that of the 2.4 million U.S. citizens dependent on opioid, only 1 million have access to treatments.
President Obama’s new budget proposes spending more money on helping and preventing opioid and heroin usage. Since 2010, the Obama Administration prioritized addressing our national drug problem. The President plans to use $1 billion for the mandatory funding, over two years, on expanding access to treatment for heroin and prescription drug abuse.
The general breakdown of the funds is:
- $920 million towards medication-assisted treatment programs to address opioid use disorders
- $50 million in National Health Service Corps funding towards funding approximately 700 providers of substance use disorder treatment services
- $30 million to evaluate and comment on the effectiveness of these treatment programs
Another $500 million will go towards aiding the ongoing efforts of the Health and Human Services and The Department of Justice to expand the availability of overdose-reversing medication such as naloxone and access to medication-assisted treatment programs.
Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services, states,
Opioid abuse and overdose has hurt families across this nation, rich and poor, black and white, urban and rural; no community has been immune. Today’s budget announcement would mean a significant investment in this fight. We could do more to save lives and turn this epidemic around.
At Turning Point, we are committed to assisting individuals who suffer from opioid addiction. Our comprehensive services address all forms of drug addiction. If you or a loved one is dependent on prescription drugs or heroin, call our New Jersey drug rehab facility today.