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Activists, Lawmakers Call For $15M To Curb Opioid Abuse

March 5, 2014
by Dave Lucas
Northeast Public Radio (WAMC)

ASAP is calling for about $15 million in new funds for the office of alcoholism and substance abuse services to address the heroin epidemic.  The group cited numbers provided by the Trust for America's Health that show misuse and abuse of prescription drugs costs the U.S. an estimated $53.4 billion a year in medical and criminal justice costs and low productivity.

Across the New York City metro area, heroin-related overdose deaths have increased 84 percent in the last three years. ASAP says addicts desperately need fully-funded comprehensive treatment and recovery programs.

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