Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
A proposed boost in criminal-justice funding that is sometimes used for drug treatment and prevention was among the victims of a bipartisan package of cuts to the Congress' economic-stimulus legislation, CNN reported Feb. 7.
A group of Senators trimmed more than $90 billion from the now $789-billion stimulus plan in order to win sufficient support for passage in the Senate. The cuts included elimination of $300 million in Byrne formula grants and $140 million for Byrne competitive grants. Also cut from the Senate version of the stimulus bill was funding for prisons and law-enforcement, as well as $1-billion in proposed Head Start funding.
However, funding for Native American addiction programs and $75 million for smoking-cessation programs appears to have survived the first round of cuts.