Shaheen Helps Secure Additional Opioid Resources in Government Funding Bill, Including for CARA Programs

May 01, 2017

**Through her new role as the lead Democrat on key Appropriations subcommittee, Shaheen helps provide $160.5 million for Department of Justice programs - $35.5 million more than the previous year - for opioid response efforts across the country**

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after bipartisan government funding legislation was released that includes $160.5 million for opioid response programs funded through the subcommittee, an increase of $35.5 million over the previous year. It's expected that the House and the Senate will vote on this legislation this week.  

"States like New Hampshire, which continue to see record numbers of opioid-related deaths, are desperate for additional resources," said Shaheen. "This funding bill provides a needed boost for federal programs that are having a real impact at the state and local level. Until we get control of this crisis, I'll continue to fight for funding to support these life-saving efforts." 

The bulk of this additional funding will bolster Department of Justice programs authorized under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, the COPS Anti-Heroin program and the DEA Heroin Enforcement Teams initiative. Shaheen was a co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and has repeatedly called on the Republican-led Congress to fund CARA.