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Trump budget provides $13 billion to combat opioid crisis

February 13, 2018

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Billions will be allocated to fight the opioid epidemic under President Donald Trump’s draft 2019 budget unveiled on Monday, while funding for public health programs and agencies are slated to be slashed for a second straight year.The president’s plan calls for $68.4 billion to fund HHS in fiscal year 2019, a 21% decrease over 2017 levels. Over the next two years, $13 billion will be funneled in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. Last week Congress approved $6 billion over the next two years to fund programs aimed at combatting use of opioids. That deal was part of the budget agreement to avoid a government shutdown.

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