Illinois Awarded Funds Passed by Congress to Fight Opioid Epidemic
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the State of Illinois was awarded $16,328,583 as part of the Opioid State Target Response (STR) grants authorized in the 21st Century Cures Act and funded by the omnibus spending bill Congress passed last month.
“One of the biggest ways we can fight this opioid epidemic is ensuring our states have the resources they need,” said Davis. “Illinois saw a 66 percent increase in hospitalizations due to opioid overdoses from last year. I’ve held several roundtables listening to first responders, health care providers, and local officials who are working every day to stop opioid abuse and these funds will help increase their efforts.”
“Despite our ongoing efforts, the opioid epidemic is far from over in Illinois and continues to severely impact people state-wide,” said Secretary James Dimas of the Illinois Department of Human Services. “The second year of funding will help us expand access to treatment and enhance overdose prevention programs to reach communities that need it most. The Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances has been a key tool for individuals looking for information about opioids and treatment resources. Since its launch in December we’ve received more than 2,500 calls. To reach the helpline, individuals can call 1-833-2FINDHELP.”
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As a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Taskforce, Davis has worked to provide significant funding for opioid abuse prevention and is working on legislation to tackle the opioid epidemic from every angle.
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