President Announces Funding to Address Opioid Overdoses

Government data shows one life is lost every five minutes.

On Friday, President Biden announced that the Department of Health and Human Services would distribute $1.5 billion to states and territories, including tribal lands, to fund responses to opioid overdoses and support recovery. 

The grants will include over $104 million allocated to rural areas to expand treatment and prevention, $20.5 million to increase access to recovery supports, and $12 million to bolster law enforcement in high-intensity drug trafficking areas. 

“Our nation is facing 108,000 overdose deaths in just 12 months. That’s one life lost every five minutes around the clock,” said Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta at a White House overdose briefing. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Gupta as he advises the president and leads the White House drug policy office.
  • For U.S. health officials as they oversee the implementation of the funding to prevent drug overdoses.
  • For Secretary Becerra to be led by the Lord as he heads the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sources: The Hill, The White House


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