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Federal spending bill includes $3 billion to fight opioid epidemic

Federal spending bill includes $3 billion to fight opioid epidemic

U.S. legislators have agreed to an omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year and include more than $3 billion in funding to counter the opioid epidemic.

In the treatment and prevention area, the bill would provide $1 billion in new funding for grants to states and Indian tribes to address the opioid epidemic, according to a summary of the bill. It also supports increased opioid overdose surveillance and prevention at the national, state and local level by providing $476 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for these activities — a $350 million increase from fiscal year 2017.

On the law enforcement side, the bill prioritizes funding at the Drug Enforcement Administration for anti-opioid and other illegal drug enforcement efforts, including $37 million to enhance opioid diversion investigations and prosecutions and $543 million for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, according to a summary of the bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently debating a rule governing debate on the bill, which would fund the government past midnight on Friday, with a vote expected Thursday afternoon.

President Donald Trump unveiled a plan to combat the U.S. opioid crisis that received mixed reviews.


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