“None of us are immune to the effects of the opioid epidemic. It doesn’t matter if you live in New York City or rural Vermont,” said Sanders, who serves on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
“Solving the opioid epidemic is not a simple thing. We must make sure people have access to treatment, so they can get help where and when they need it. We must invest in what people need for a successful long-term recovery, like counseling and peer support, employment, and housing. And it means taking a hard look at the issues in our society that are causing so many people to turn to drugs in the first place, so that we can prevent others from becoming addicted. This funding will be an important tool in this fight,” said Sanders.
Welch said, “The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities in Vermont and across the nation. Our first responders, local law enforcement, health care providers, treatment facilities and service organizations are on the front lines of this public health emergency. But they can’t do it alone. This additional funding will provide them the resources they need to continue fighting this crisis head on.”
The State Opioid Response Grants program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder, which includes prescription opioids, heroin, illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. In all, $930 million through 59 grants, is being distributed throughout the United States.