Congressman Tim Ryan Helps Secure Funding to Combat Substance Abuse

Washington, DC – With 129 Americans dying each day from drug overdose, Congressman Tim Ryan worked closely with colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to secure $103 million to combat the opioid epidemic in the Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which passed by voice vote.  This funding represents a comprehensive response to addiction, which includes programs for prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, and criminal justice reform. Today’s bill includes: $42 million for drug courts, $12 million for mental health programs, $12 million for residential substance abuse treatment programs for state prisoners, $7 million for veterans treatment court programs and $14 million for prescription drug monitoring programs. The House Appropriations bill also includes $16 million dollars in new funding for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA).

“Last week I met with families from around the country who have lost children and loved ones from addiction. These men and women are more than a statistic, they represent all the lost potential that comes when we lose someone too soon. Honestly, it was one of the hardest weeks of my Congressional career. That is why I fought so hard for this additional funding, which is an important step in the right direction to combat this growing crisis,” says Congressman Ryan, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Address the Heroin Epidemic, Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, and chief Democratic sponsor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. “This funding is just the beginning, but our communities need more to help provide the treatment, prevention and recovery services that are necessary to help those suffering from this disease.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from car accidents – an average of 129 people per day. The majority of those who need help with addiction issues are not receiving it. Of the approximately 22.7 million Americans who needed treatment for substance use in 2013, only 2.5 million people received it, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.