CDC awards $28.6M to 44 states for opioid epidemic fight

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The CDC is allocating $28.6 million in funds to 44 states and Washington, D.C., to support local responses to the nation's opioid epidemic.

The funds will be used to bolster opioid misuse prevention efforts and improve the tracking of opioid related overdoses. The new funds build on the agency's July distribution of $12 million to 23 states and the District of Columbia.

"One piece of HHS's five-point strategy for combating the opioid crisis is improving our understanding of the epidemic through better public health data," said Tom Price, MD, secretary of HHS. "The expansion of these CDC programs, made possible by legislation President Trump signed earlier this year, is an important piece of our commitment to helping states combat the scourge of opioid addiction and overdose."

To see a state-by-state breakdown of the funding, click here

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