ONDCP Director Announces Funding for Heroin Response

On August 17, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Michael Botticelli announced $13.4 million in funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program.  Of that amount, $5 million will be directed to a broad range of efforts to reduce the trafficking, distribution, and use of heroin, which has emerged as a serious threat to many regions of the United States.  In particular, $2.5 million will fund the Heroin Response Strategy, an unprecedented partnership among five regional HIDTA programs – Appalachia, New England, Philadelphia/Camden, New York/New Jersey, and Washington/Baltimore – to address the severe heroin threat facing those communities through public health-public safety partnerships across 15 states.

“The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program helps Federal, state, and local authorities coordinate drug enforcement operations, support prevention efforts, and improve public health and safety,” said Director Botticelli.  “The new Heroin Response Strategy demonstrates a strong commitment to address the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic as both a public health and a public safety issue.  This Administration will continue to expand community-based efforts to prevent drug use, pursue ‘smart on crime’ approaches to drug enforcement, increase access to treatment, work to reduce overdose deaths, and support the millions of Americans in recovery.”

To learn more about the recent HIDTA funding, click here.

Additionally, HRSA recently announced plans to award approximately $100 million to an estimated 310 applicants in FY 2016 for Substance Abuse Service Expansion Grants; and HHS recently awarded up to $11 million in new grants for medication-assisted treatment to eleven states.

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