Experts Say $6 Billion to Fight Opioid Addiction Isn’t Enough

The recent federal budget deal includes $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid crisis—an amount addiction treatment experts and some lawmakers say isn’t enough, CNN reports.

In a statement, New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan said while the $6 billion is welcome, far more funding is needed. “Much more needs to be done to provide substance use disorder treatment to those who desperately need it,” Shaheen said. “We still need a federal response to this epidemic that matches the national public health emergency we are facing.”

Hassan added, “We will ultimately need far more funding beyond this measure over the years to come to truly address this crisis.”

A spokesperson for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin told CNN that the senator wants to make sure West Virginia, which is greatly affected by the opioid crisis, gets much of the funding.

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