The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $53 million to further efforts to combat opioid misuse, dependence, and overdose.

HHS awarded the funding to 44 states, the District of Columbia, and four American Indian tribes to support programs that aim to:

  • increase access to opioid use disorder treatments;
  • reduce opioid-related deaths;
  • strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts;
  • improve data collection and analysis focused on opioid misuse and overdose; and
  • track opioid-related overdoses.

The funding is being administered by HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of HHS’ Opioid Initiative, which launched in March 2015.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.