Portman's Efforts to Secure More Funding to Tackle Heroin Epidemic Paying Off The president signed into law the 21st Century Cures initiative, a $6.3 billion medical innovation package designed to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments.
BigNews.Biz - Dec 27,2016 - Portman's Efforts to Secure More Funding to Tackle Heroin Epidemic Paying Off
The president signed into law the 21st Century Cures initiative, a $6.3 billion medical innovation package designed to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments. Senator Portman, who is a national leader in the fight against the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, worked hard to ensure that CURES included $1 billion in new funding for state grants to fight opioid abuse. The new funding in CURES is a big step forward in the fight to combat addiction, and one of many steps Portman has taken to make the federal government a better partner in the fight against this epidemic. This $1 billion in new funding will complement Portman’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) which authorizes $181 million annually in discretionary spending for new programs contained in the legislation. That’s more than double – a 132 percent increase – the authorization level in the original Senate-passed CARA bill ($78 million).
Portman has long been a leader in the fight for more funding to combat this crisis. In fact, Portman secured $37 million in the Continuing Resolution earlier this year, which served as a down payment toward fully funding CARA and will help get the law’s grant programs up and running. Portman has worked to fully fund CARA, but supports going further than that and has voted for emergency funding to combat this crisis. Over the last two years, Portman has worked with the Senate Appropriations Committee to secure significant increases in funding for opioid programs. In fact, for this fiscal year the House and Senate passed (and President Obama signed into law) an increase in total federal spending on opioids of 47 percent over last year ($321M vs. $220M). And now the most recent continuing resolution puts us on track to fully fund CARA.
Portman’s efforts to secure more funding to tackle the heroin epidemic are paying off. While the addiction crisis won’t be solved at the federal level, the money being authorized and appropriated in Washington will play a big role in helping local, state and non-profit actors more successfully confront this epidemic. Portman will continue to make funding to combat the heroin and prescription drug epidemic a priority in the New Year.