White House proposes more money to battle heroin epidemic

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to speak to mayors from around the country, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. They visited the White House as part of the Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington this week. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a significant boost in federal spending to battle the nation’s heroin addiction epidemic.

The administration will seek a $1 billion increase in spending to expand access to treatment during the next fiscal year.

It will also seek about $90 million more for programs that help states and local governments execute drug prevention strategies and improve access to naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug.

There is bipartisan interest in Congress for the federal government to address the heroin epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that opioids, a class of drugs that include prescription pain medications and heroin, were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014.

In particular, CDC found a continued sharp increase in heroin-involved deaths.

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