New York Gets $25 Million For Battling Opioid Addiction

Senator Joe Donnelly discussed the funding during a stop in northern Indiana this week

HHS will administer grants totaling $485 million to all 50 states and US territories.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $5,881,983 in opioid crisis grants Thursday to West Virginia, to fund drug addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services.

According to the CDC, over 33,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2015.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with President Donald Trump at a meeting with health insurance company CEOs at the White House on February 27, 2017.

The funding is meant to support a comprehensive array of evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery services and has been awarded to states and territories based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet needs for opioid addiction treatment. The grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Officials said the Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the HHS, has been instrumental in responding to the opioid epidemic by conducting legislative investigations, in addition to crafting the state grant initiative.

"It seems like everyone I meet is in some way impacted by this tragic opioid epidemic", Upton said. "Now, we're delivering. To those in the midst of this fight: Help is on its way".

While the 21st Century Cures Act was primarily focused on precision medicine and retooling the nation's pharmaceutical development regulations, it also included a number of provisions related to health IT and population health management.

In January, CMS officials stressed the importance of taking a patient-centered approach to prescribing opioids judiciously and helping chronic pain patients avoid long-term dependence on painkillers.

Opioids were responsible for more than 33,000 deaths in 2015, eclipsing the number of deaths caused by vehicle accidents and gun violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the plan, OH stands to receive more than $26 million. We are making progress to ensure our state and communities have the tools needed to confront this public health crisis, but we still have a lot of work to do.

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