“The White House on Tuesday proposed $1 billion in new funding over two years to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse.
The proposal in President Obama’s budget reflects an increased push to combat the opioid epidemic, one of the few areas where both parties see the potential for bipartisan action in Congress this year.
Almost all of the new money, $920 million, would be for mandatory funding over two years for states to increase medication-assisted treatment, which also involves therapy, for people with opioid use disorders.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell said on a call with reporters that 2.2 million people need treatment for opioid abuse, but only about one million people are receiving it
The new funding would require approval from Congress, but officials pointed to bipartisan support for doing something about the opioid crisis.”
Source: TheHill.com – February 2, 2016
For more information on how the proposed funding would be allocate see FACT SHEET: President Obama Proposes $1.1 Billion in New Funding to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Use Epidemic issue by the White House available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/02/president-obama-proposes-11-billion-new-funding-address-prescription