WASHINGTON, DC – The administration announced this morning that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would release $144.1 million in grants, dedicated to help prevent and treat those suffering from opioid addiction. The grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
This surge in resources to help combat the #OpioidCrisis stems from several grant programs. Some of the grants were authorized and funded through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which is composed of 11 Energy and Commerce Committee bills.
The release of these new grants will be a welcomed and much-needed tool in our arsenal to combat the crisis and deliver relief to our friends, family members, and loved ones suffering from this epidemic.
Earlier this week, Chairman Walden announced in a Morning Consult column that the committee will hold a rare full committee hearing on the opioid epidemic, renewing the committee’s pledge to combat the crisis.
“We owe it to the 91 Americans who die every day from an opioid overdose and their loved ones to press on in our fight against the crisis gripping our nation,” wrote Chairman Walden in his Medium column. “And that’s just what our committee intends to do.”