Senate allocates $1 billion to fight addiction, bill heading to White House

WASHINGTON >> U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, announced that the Senate has passed a bill that would allow for $1 billion to be allocated to fight opioid addiction.

“The bill provides $1 billion over 2 years for grants targeting opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as improving prescription drug monitoring programs, implementing prevention activities, training for health care providers, and expanding access to opioid treatment programs,” Murphy’s office released in a statement Wednesday.

Murphy co-authored the bill, titled the Mental Health Reform Act. The bill has already passed the House, and is on it’s way to President Barack Obama for a signature.

The bill also calls for mental health reform and provides more funding for cancer research.

More information about the bill can be found here.


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