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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Rep. Harris Applauds Trump Administration's $1.8 Billion Investment in State Funding for Opioid Crisis

September 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On Wednesday, September 4th, the Trump Administration announced the release of over $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in their communities.  Over $900 million will be awarded from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to states and localities for improvement in overdose data collection and real-time tracking.  From these funds, the Maryland Department of Public Health has been awarded $7.2 million.  Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will be awarding $932 million in funds for State Opioid Response grants - which are aimed to provide flexible funding to state governments to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services in the ways that best meet the needs of their state.  Maryland will receive over $33 million in grant funding from the program.

Congressman Harris made the following statement:

"Maryland's Eastern Shore, like many other parts of the country, has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.  President Trump has made it clear that ending this crisis is a top priority.  I am pleased that HHS has released this funding to continue to allow Maryland to best serve the needs of its citizens through prevention, treatment, and recovery programs designed and administered at the local level.  These funds will bolster our local efforts to respond to and prevent overdoses and deaths in our communities."

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