LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new federal funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, including over $4 million for Nebraska:

“Opioid addiction is an epidemic across the country, and Nebraska is not immune to this crisis. The $4 million in federal funding for Nebraska represents another important step in our ongoing fight to combat drug addiction, which continues to harm our families and communities. I thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for their assistance expanding access to prevention, treatment, and support services.”

More information from the Department of Health and Human Services:

The $4 million comes from a total of $1.8 billion in HHS funding to support all 50 states as well as U.S. territories and certain localities. This includes more than $900 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance understanding of the epidemic, help state and local governments track overdose data, and scale-up prevention and response activities. Funding also includes $932 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as part of its State Opioid Response grants to expand state governments’ access to prevention services and addiction treatment. This funding will increase the total amount of grants awarded by HHS to state and local governments since the start of the Trump administration to over $9 billion.

Click here to read Senator Fischer’s column from this week on more federal efforts to address the opioid crisis.