By The White House. As new data showed opioid-related overdose deaths reaching their highest levels to date, the President signed a bipartisan budget agreement with more than $400 million in funding specifically to address the opioid epidemic, an increase of more than $100 million over the previous year. This new funding builds on the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which had called for major investments to intensify efforts to reduce prescription opioid misuse, heroin use and related overdoses.
As requested in the President’s budget, the agreement funds an expansion of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States program, bringing total CDC funding for this program to $70 million. These funds would support grants to states to reduce overdoses from opioids and other drugs, through improvements to coordination of prescription drug monitoring programs and other state prevention strategies.
The agreement also includes a $35 million increase for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders in high-risk communities, increase the use of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, and improve prevention efforts.