Government Funds Provided for Drug Prevention
Rates of heroin use and overdoses are skyrocketing across the United States and it is not going unnoticed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of deaths from heroin doubled from 2012 to 2014. As mentioned in a previous blog post, this issue hits very close to home in New Jersey and surrounding areas.
The Obama Administration is taking action against heroin abuse. This week, the Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, announced $13.4 million funding for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). Of that funding, $2.5 million will go towards the Heroin Response Strategy, which is a partnership of multiple HIDTA programs in the Northeast. The HIDTA helps drug enforcement agencies prevent drug trafficking and use. It allows them to track where the drugs are coming from, which helps prevent them from spreading.
Other parts of the funding went to similar programs across the country. This allows the United States to take one more step against drug abuse.