Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $26 million In Additional Opioid Addiction Funding

Youngstown, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan applauded the release of an additional $26 million in grant funds from the Department of Health and Human Services to help combat the opioid addiction crisis in Ohio. This funding, which is the second of two rounds provided from the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The $485 million worth of aid will be distributed across all 50 states to help combat this ongoing crisis.

I was extremely proud to be able to secure this funding, which is badly needed by countless families in my district and across the United States. I am reminded every day in my community of the horrible suffering that this epidemic is inflicting on our neighbors, relatives, and friends. I fought for passage of this important legislation, as well as to include this aid for opioid addiction treatment into the 21st Century CURES Act because it was the right thing to do. Combating this crisis will take serious resources that the Federal Government can provide. We will only be able to fight this together, and this funding will help communities continue to push back against this horrible epidemic, and help start rebuilding neighborhoods that are suffering, said Congressman Ryan.

The funding originates from the 21st Century CURES Act, legislation that originally passed in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in December 2016. It provided $1 billion over two years to fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. This aid supplements additional resources allocated through the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA). Congressman Ryan understands the importance of continuing this essential funding. He is a cosponsor of the Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act, which would fund the Opioid State Targeted Response grants until Fiscal Year 2023.