HealthDay News — The Trump Administration will be handling opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs, which were promised nearly half a billion dollars by the Obama administration.
The announcement about the $485 million in grant money was made Wednesday.
Another half-billion dollars in state grants will be distributed next year, the Associated Press reported.
The grants will be used to train health professionals, for prescription drug monitoring programs meant to prevent abuse and identify patients who may need help, and to promote the use of overdose-reducing drugs such as naloxone.
In 2015, there were more than 33,000 overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, the AP reported.
That was the highest death toll on record, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of the deaths involved prescription opioids.
Trump Administration Awards Grants to States to Combat Opioid Crisis [press release]. Washington, DC: US Department of Health & Human Services; April 19, 2017.