U.S. Senate Debates Proposed Funding Amendment to Drug Abuse Bill
A bipartisan congressional bill aimed at combating the current opioid abuse problem plaguing the U.S. has become cause for debate among members of the U.S. senate, due to disagreements over proposed funding for the bill. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire democrat, has proposed an amendment to the bill that would allow for $600 million to help improve and expand local treatment and prevention programs, and enhance law enforcement measures.
Those opposed say Congress previously approved a sufficient amount of money to assist in such programs, rendering additional funding unnecessary. The bill would authorize $725 million in programs through 2021 – funds that would have to come via subsequent legislation – and the amendment would immediately provide $600 million for state and local law enforcement and substance abuse programs.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate from overdoses in America has at least doubled since 2000, and 47,000 deaths in 2014 were related to overdoses – 28,000 of which were due to opioid and heroin misuse. In 2014, the five states with the highest death rates in the country were West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.
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