On Aug. 31, the HHS announced $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to help address the opioid abuse epidemic. The funding will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the CDC, and will be used to:
- Improve access to treatment for opioid use disorders
- Reduce opioid-related deaths
- Strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts
- Support improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and overdose
- Improve tracking of fatal and non-fatal opioid-involved overdoses
The funding supports the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Prescription Drug Opioid Grants which will provide up to $11 million to 11 states to expand access to medication-assisted treatment services for people with opioid use disorder. The MAT program targets states having the highest rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and prescription opioids per capita.