21st Century Cures Act targets rural heroin addiction

Funds available for drug treatment
21st Century Cures Act targets rural heroin addiction

The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act will provide $1 billion over the next two years to help rural communities deal with substance abuse. The issue of opioid and heroin addiction gets substantial attention in metropolitan areas, but is a significant and sometimes overlooked problem in rural America.

“It is not just inner cities; it is a lot of rural communities that are facing this problem. It is tearing a lot of rural communities apart. People that wouldn’t associate drug abuse by any means with their neighbors are realizing this is a huge issue with their neighbors, friends and family members,” says Patty Edelburg, State Director of the Wisconsin State Farm Service Agency.

The 21st Century Cures Act will provide $500 million for drug treatment in 2017 and another $500 million in 2018.
The funds will help to provide drugs like Naloxone which is used to revive individuals who have overdosed on heroin and Vivitrol which is used to help break the addiction cycle.

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