Bloomberg pledges $120 million to curb drug overdose deaths

The philanthropic response comes alongside a larger federal investment in drug overdose prevention, Henning said. The government’s American Rescue Plan, which took effect in March, includes $4 billion for mental health and substance-disorder treatments. In addition, the federal government has relaxed standards for drug treatment strategies by, for example, making it easier for groups to distribute buprenorphine, which is used to treat opioid abuse. The Biden administration has also increased the number of jurisdictions that receive more policing through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program.

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