“Legislation recently introduced in the Senate would authorize millions of dollars in overdose prevention programming and research in an effort to curb the growing trend of opioid overdose deaths. The Overdose Prevention Act (S. 2755), introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) with four cosponsors, would support prevention programs to reduce drug overdose deaths, create a task force to recommend a national public health campaign to Congress and authorize funding to research and test new treatment and prevention methods.
The Overdose Prevention Act would authorize $20 million per year for four years to the CDC to enter into cooperative agreements with eligible organizations engaging in overdose prevention activities. Such eligible organizations include: state and local governments, law enforcement agencies, community agencies, and private nonprofit organizations.
Source: TheNationalCouncil.org – August 20, 2014