U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island) led a bipartisan effort this week for an increase in funding for opioid prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.
That after the House Committee on Appropriations passed legislation increasing funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by $96 million above current funding levels and $238 million above the President’s budget request.
The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for a vote.
“We continue to see the opioid epidemic take too many lives in our communities,” said Rose, a member of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioids Task Force. “With heightened stress and pain from the pandemic, so many people are hurting more than ever and we must be there for them. This nearly $100 million increase in funding will build upon the $140 million increase we secured last year—because now’s the time to double down on prevention, treatment and recovery efforts—not scale back. I won’t rest until we beat the opioid epidemic and I’m proud to lead this effort.”
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