HHS Unveils $100M Effort to Combat Drug Addictions

The Obama administration is planning to devote an additional $100 million to fight the national drug addiction epidemic as deaths from substances like heroin and prescription painkillers reach record-breaking levels.

About one-third of that funding will be devoted to addiction-fighting medications, which have been the cornerstone of the government’s approach to fighting opioid use.

“This is money that will make a difference in your states, so let’s do it together,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told a group of the nation’s governors gathered in West Virginia.

“So you have a sense — that’s large,” she said, veering from her prepared remarks.

Burwell has made fighting opioid addictions a key part of her tenure, underscoring the crisis that her home state of West Virginia has experienced as the number of drug addicts — and deaths — rises.