By: Shannon Persad
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Government Seeks 35.7 Billion for 2021 to Combat Drug Crisis
The 2021 National Drug Control Budget has been released by the government, which calls for $35.7 billion to fight the ongoing drug crisis.
For prevention and treatment, roughly $18.6 billion will go towards those efforts, and $17.1 billion will be for domestic law enforcement, interdiction, and international drug control efforts.
The budget is aimed to fulfill the National Drug Control Strategy objectives the administration has created.
Highlights of the 2021 National Drug Control Budget
According to the White House Press Release:
- “The Budget request for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s State Opioid Response Grants is $1.6 billion. These grants provide States, tribes, and territories with critically needed funding to respond to the opioid crisis and the flexibility to respond to the need for treatment for other drugs, including stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
- The Budget seeks more than $9 billion for the Department of Justice in resources for community programs, investigations, prosecutions, State and local assistance, and intelligence efforts to address drug control challenges, including the opioid epidemic.
- The Budget request for the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection includes $3.4 billion to protect America’s land, sea, and air borders from drug trafficking-related security threats.”
The press release also states:
“The $35.7 billion request funds key drug control priorities across 14 Executive Branch departments and agencies, the Federal judiciary, and the District of Columbia, including more than $7 billion in funding to continue the progress the Administration has made in responding to the opioid crisis.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that drug overdose deaths have reduced to 4.1% in 2018. The ongoing efforts from states and the government may be the reason for drug overdose reducing, but the efforts must continue for more improvement.
If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction, or any other drug, contact ATSI at 1-(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.