The Department of Health and Human Services has announced plans to spend $100 million fighting addiction.
“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.
The announcement comes after an HHS study released last month found that heroin overdose deaths have quadrupled from 2002 to 2013, and doubled between 2011 and 2013 alone.
The money will be part of the president's 2016 budget. About a third of the month will be used to finance medications like buprenorphine that are proven to help addicts deal with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
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