“President Obama’s drug control priorities for the upcoming fiscal year include reducing prescription drug and heroin abuse by allocating additional funding to states with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), expanding and improving treatment for addicts, and spearheading efforts to make naloxone more readily available to first responders.
Announced this week, Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2016 proposes more than $100 million in new investments for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to decrease the number of deaths involving prescription opioids and heroin.
The Obama Administration’s 2016 strategy for treating individuals addicted to prescription opioids and heroin revolves around providing funding for early intervention support, treatment itself and recovery services. One example of this is expanding access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), an approach that combines medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat prescription opioid use disorders (POUDs).”
Source: Forbes.com – February 6, 2015