Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced one billion dollars in grants Wednesday to help combat the opioid epidemic across the country, adding to major federal actions on opioids throughout the past week.
Disbursed through state-level programs, $900 million will be used to support medication-assisted treatment with methadone, buprenorphine, and vivitrol, all drugs which curb opioid cravings. The funds will also be used to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery activities aimed at opioid use disorder.
An additional $400 million will be disbursed to help community health centers, schools, and rural organizations expand their opioid abuse treatment programs. $150 million will come from the CDC, focused on improving knowledge of the epidemic through more timely delivery of local-level public health data.