Roe Applauds Funding to First District in Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis
JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they will be awarding over $1 billion in additional grant funding through its various agencies to help combat the opioid crisis:
“Decisive action is what we needed, and decisive action is what we received. This HHS grant funding will greatly benefit treatment and prevention organizations in areas where the opioid crisis has destroyed countless lives – especially East Tennessee. Opioid addiction disproportionately affects rural areas like the First District, and I’m pleased the Trump administration made fighting this epidemic such a high priority. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will receive over $18 million, and over $1.2 million dollars of that funding will be going to organizations across the First District. Opioid abuse is a serious threat to our country, and I am pleased to see this aggressive step taken to further combat this epidemic.”
Note: On March 22, 2018, Rep. Phil Roe voted in favor of H.R. 1625, Vehicle for Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018. This bill included $4 billion to fight the opioid epidemic.