CDC Sends Money to States to Fight the Opioid Crisis
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will send more than $12 million to 23 states and the District of Columbia in response to the opioid overdose epidemic. These funds will help strengthen prevention efforts and improve opioid overdose tracking. Additional state funding is expected later this summer.
According to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., this funding is provided by the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill signed by President Trump in May.
Through an enhanced surveillance program that already provides funding to 12 states, the CDC will provide $7.5 million to 20 additional states and the District of Columbia. These funds can be used by states to report overdoses and risk factors linked to fatal overdoses more quickly, share information to prevent overdoses, and develop and improve multi-state response to the opioid epidemic.