CDC Awards $28.6 Million Aimed at Fight Against Opioid Addiction
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was reported to be awarding nearly $30 million in new funding to states across the country aimed at bolstering data collection efforts viewed by federal officials as key to combating the opioid addiction. This announcement follows closely behind $12 million provided by the CDC to state overdose prevention efforts made in July, which was part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ strategy for combating the national opioid problem.
The $28.6 million awarded by the CDC will go to states which are funded through its Overdose Prevention in States program. This also includes a trio of programs that provide opioid prevention resources. These programs include Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States (PfS), Data-Driven Prevention Initiative (DDPI); and Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS). Funding will be distributed to 44 states and the District of Columbia.
Supplemental awards of $19.3 million under the PfS program will go to 27 states to provide state health departments with necessary resources and support for advance interventions for preventing prescription drug overdoses. The DDPI program will receive $4.6 million in supplemental awards for 12 states and Washington D.C. to improve data collection and analysis around opioid misuse, abuse and overdose.
Additionally, under the ESOOS program, $4.7 million will go to 32 states and Washington D.C. for the improvement of prevention and response efforts by providing more timely data on fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses. These funds will be used by medical examiners and coroners for comprehensive toxicology testing and the enhancement of their surveillance activities.
More than 183,000 Americans died from an overdose involving prescription opioids between 1999 and 2015. During that same period, the death rate of teenagers overdosing on drugs more than doubled. There were 772 drug overdose deaths for adolescents ages 15 through 19 in 2015 alone. There is no question that the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and last month President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. States across the country are struggling to keep up with the price of dealing with the increase in overdose deaths.