Massachusetts could receive nearly $120 million in annual federal funding to help cities and towns combat opioid abuse under legislation U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, introduced Wednesday.
The bill, entitled the “Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act,” calls for federal lawmakers to combat opioid abuse similar to how Congress addressed the HIV/AIDs epidemic under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act nearly 30 years ago.
It seeks to allocate $100 billion in federal funding over 10 years to help states, counties and cities hit hardest by the opioid abuse crisis expand treatment options, support first responders and prevent future addictions, according to the sponsors.
Warren, who announced her and Cummings’ plan to tackle opioid abuse in late March, said the newly introduced legislation “will funnel millions of dollars directly to the hardest-hit communities and give them the tools to fight back.”
“We can’t defeat the opioid crisis with empty words and half measures. … Congress has acted before to root out an epidemic when it finally took action against HIV/AIDS — and Americans across the country are counting on us to do the same today,” she said in a statement.