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Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced an initiative aimed at reducing prescription opioid- and heroin-related overdose, death, and dependence.
Deaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and outnumber deaths from car accidents in the United States. President Obama’s FY 2016 budget includes critical investments to intensify efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding to address this critical issue.
The HHS secretary’s efforts focus on three priority areas that tackle the opioid crisis, which is expected to significantly impact those struggling with substance use disorders and help save lives: