Federal money that states get to combat the opioid crisis will be available starting next year to address the growing problem of methamphetamine, cocaine and other psychostimulant addiction (Source: “States get OK to shift U.S. opioid funding to growing meth, cocaine problems,” Cincinnati Enquirer, Dec. 26, 2019).
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced recently that a bipartisan bill he sponsored called Combating Meth and Cocaine Act was approved, which means that states will have more flexibility in spending Opioid Response Grant funds.
Health officials in several states have been urging the federal government for months for flexibility in spending anti-opioid money.
To learn more about Ohio's policy response to the addiction crisis, see HPIO's Addiction Evidence Project.