House Approves Bill Providing $1 Billion in New Funding to Curb Opioid Addiction

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The U.S. House on Wednesday approved the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes $1 billion in new funding for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.

The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass by next week, USA Today reports.

The White House, in a statement supporting passage of the measure, said, “The resources included in the bill will allow states to expand access to treatment to help individuals seeking help to find it and to start the road to recovery, with preference given to states with an incidence or prevalence of opioid use disorders that is substantially higher relative to other states.”