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Less Federal Opioid Money Goes to Hardest-Hit Rural Counties (1)

March 26, 2019, 2:31 PMUpdated: March 26, 2019, 4:30 PM

Many rural counties—where the opioid crisis has hit the hardest—are receiving low levels of funding compared to more populated areas, a report tracking federal spending on the epidemic found.

Congress appropriated nearly $11 billion in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 toward 57 programs to curb the opioid epidemic, according to the report released March 26 by the Bipartisan Policy Center. More than three-quarters of that money went to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including a number of Medicaid programs.

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