U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after the Trump Administration announced Illinois would receive $29 million in federal grants to address the opioid crisis in the state. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide roughly $932 million for all 50 states from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) as part of its State Opioid Response (SOR) grants as well as more than $900 million in new funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Overdose Data to Action Grant Program.
“Ensuring states, like Illinois and others, have the resources needed to fight this epidemic has been my priority,” said Davis. “Steps taken by the administration, funding provided by Congress, and the work done at the local level to utilize these resources are working. According to HHS data, we saw a decline in overdose deaths from opioid abuse from 2017 to 2018 and the number of individuals receiving treatment has increased. We must continue this bipartisan effort to help our communities prevent opioid abuse and help those struggling with addiction.”
Davis highlighted the opioid crisis at the Farm Progress Show last week by releasing this video showing the real impact it is having on families in rural communities in the 13th District. Click here to view the video. Latest opioid statistics
According to HHS, approximately 1.27 million Americans are now receiving medication-assisted treatment, out of approximately 2 million Americans with opioid abuse. The number of patients receiving buprenorphine has increased 28 percent, and the number of naltrexone prescriptions per month has increased 55 percent.
From 2017 to 2018, provisional counts of drug overdose deaths dropped by five percent, and overdose deaths from opioids went down 2.8 percent. The number of individuals reporting pain reliever misuse decreased from 2017 to 2018 by 11 percent.