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HHS Invests Over $1B in Opioid Prevention Efforts

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The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $1B in grants to address the opioid crisis.

The grants support the department’s Five-Point Opioid Strategy, which is showing progress based on studies indicating drops in drug use over recent years, the HHS said Wednesday.

The department recently updated their strategy to include new investments that expand efforts in states and tribes across the country, said Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health and senior advisor for opioid policy at the HHS.

These investments include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration‘s $930M grant for state opioid response efforts and the Health Resources and Services Administration‘s $396M to help health centers and institutions expand substance abuse health services.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made multiple investments to help states prevent opioid-based incidents; support tribal opioid surveillance; and bolster the local public health capacity in states.

Other HHS agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have also launched recent initiatives to address the crisis.