The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation’s growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers.
The Centers for Disease Control says nearly 500,000 people died from opioid and other drug overdoses between 2000 and 2014. That includes a record 47,000 deaths in 2014, of which 6 in 10 involved opioids.
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This bill is just what we need. Funding. The Federal and State subsidies can be used for several things.
The Judiciary committee measure would establish federal grants that state and local governments could use for their pick of law enforcement, training, treatment or prescription-drug monitoring programs to combat opioid abuse. The grants would total $103 million annually over the next five years, but the actual amounts provided would be decided by Congress in later spending legislation.
Funding should be provided for training and salary increase for LADC therapy counselors.