U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined several other colleagues in urging President Joe Biden to increase funding for opioid and substance use disorder in his latest budget request.
As COVID-19 increases isolation and stress, the senators said Feb. 18 in a letter to the President, more money is needed to combat the nation’s ongoing addiction crisis.
“Despite the strong federal investment in the past few years, the opioid and SUD epidemic continues to evolve and ravage communities across the country, and the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to exacerbate this crisis. We urge you to support robust additional funding to fully support the needs of providers and state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments as they work to prevent and treat substance use disorders during this challenging time. It is essential that we commit to allocating resources to a range of evidence-based public health programs and that we fund these efforts at a level that appropriately reflects the magnitude of this crisis,” the senators wrote.
The senators asked President Biden to prioritize funding federal funding for grants and programs for opioid and SUD prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery. The Senators also asked for increased support for the addiction treatment provider workforce via loan repayment and training grant programs. Additionally, the Senators urged the President to request more funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) work to support and expand overdose prevention services.