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New spending bill earmarks $4 billion for opioids

March 27, 2018

Washington — President Donald J. Trump on March 23 signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that will keep the government running through Sept. 30 and includes $4 billion in funding for the nation's opioid crisis.

The $4 billion in opioids funding includes $1 billion for grants to states and Indian tribes to address the opioid epidemic; $476 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support increased opioid overdose surveillance and prevention activities at the national, state and local level; and $500 million for National Institutes of Health research on opioid addiction. There is also $130 million for the Rural Communities Opioid Response program.

The bill also allocates more than $447 million in funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, an increase of $22 million from 2018; and $19 million for the CDC Division of Oral Health.

Other items of note to dentistry include:

  • $195.3 million for the Indian Health Services dental program, up $13 million from 2018.
  • $38.3 million for the Health Resources and Services Administration's Area Health Education Centers.
  • $14.2 million for HRSA's Health Careers Opportunity Program.
  • $10 million each for HRSA Title VII General and Pediatric dental residencies.
  • $2 million for HRSA's dental faculty loan repayment.
  • $13.1 million for HRSA's Ryan White Part F Dental Programs.
  • $10 million for military dental research, up $4 million.

All are issues the ADA advocated for in the last spending bill.

To follow all of the ADA's advocacy efforts, visit ADA.org/advocacy.