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$80 Million Authorization for Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Moves Forward
Letter from Senator Sherrod Brown
March 26, 2015 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will launch a targeted initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid and heroin abuse.
A record 1,914 Ohioans died of drug overdose in 2012 — impacting too many Ohioans and their loved ones. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown applauded this initiative, which will help tackle the opioid crisis, significantly impacting those struggling with substance use disorders and helping save lives.
HHS will provide additional federal support in the development and distribution of naloxone, a medicine which helps reverse overdoses. Sen. Brown wrote to the head of HHS in December 2014, urging her to prioritize overdose prevention and invest in naloxone as a way to prevent deaths from prescription drug overdose. HHS will also invest in additional prevention efforts and expand treatment options.
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