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States Want to Use Opioid Funds to Address Surging Meth Problem (1)

Jan. 14, 2020, 6:48 PMUpdated: Jan. 14, 2020, 7:37 PM

Five of the hardest-hit states by the deadly opioid epidemic want Congress to allow them to use federal funding to address the next frontier in substance use: methamphetamine and other stimulant drugs.

Public health officials from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia told the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel Tuesday that they want to be able to use funds allocated by opioid laws for cocaine, meth, and alcohol use disorders.

More than 68,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2018, a 5.1% drop from the previous year, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease...

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