Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the bipartisan funding bill that was signed into law today contains significant funding for which she advocated to combat the heroin and opioid abuse crisis.
The legislation provides more than $1 billion to respond to the drug epidemic, including $801 million—a 430 percent increase—for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) initiatives to combat opioid abuse, $276.5 million for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) enforcement and treatment programs, and $50 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.
“The heroin and opioid abuse epidemic is continuing to devastate families and communities in Maine, which tragically experienced another record number of overdose deaths last year,” said Senator Collins. “I am proud to have championed this increase in funding that will help break the cycle of addiction by boosting prevention efforts, expanding treatment options, and supporting law enforcement.”
This new funding to combat the heroin and opioid abuse crisis was authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, which both became law last year. Each bill included multiple provisions authored by Senator Collins, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
The $801 million in funding for HHS includes:
The $276.5 million in funding for the DOJ includes:
The $50 million for the VA will fund opioid and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for veterans and allow the VA to further implement the Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act.