"In this country right now, we lose 52,000 Americans, we lose a Vietnam every single year to drug overdose, 33.000 of those by opioid overdose", he said. "We must focus on the underlying issues driving people to seek opioids, while increasing the accessibility and affordability for prevention, education, treatment, and recovery of this disease".
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today (April 20) announced $ 25,260,676 in federal funding to the State of NY to combat opioid addiction.
HHS also is working with Customs and Border Protection to alert local public health authorities when it intercepts shipments of fentanyl that are headed for a particular city, Price said. The grants were created under the 21st Century Cures law, championed by Congressman Fred Upton past year.
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., was instrumental in getting federal funds to battle opioids in the "21st Century Cures Act" and he weighed in on Thursday. Almost half of the deaths involved a prescription opioid.
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Authorities in a central in county responded to more than 200 drug overdoses during the first three months of 2017, including two dozen fatal overdoses.
Lawmakers in Georgia passed legislation this year to help fight the epidemic.
Five specific strategies will guide its work: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research.
According to data from Kansas Tracking and Reporting of Controlled Substances, the Kansas prescription drug monitoring program, there were more than 4.2 million Schedule II-IV prescriptions and more than 256 million pills dispensed in Kansas in 2014. Last month, Kaine joined 19 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to address the nationwide opioid epidemic by awarding the $1 billion already set aside.