Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $25.2 Million in Federal Investments to Combat Opioid Crisis in New York

April 20, 2017
Press Release

Investments will support New York State programs to combat abuse, provide treatment, and train health care providers

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced $25,260,676 in federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services to New York State to combat opioid addiction through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding is the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, which Congresswoman Lowey voted for and helped pass the House of Representatives last year.

“America’s opioid epidemic is one of the most significant public health emergencies of our time, destroying lives, breaking apart families, and devastating communities throughout New York,” said Lowey. “These federal investments are a bold step forward, providing New York with essential resources to aggressively combat, treat, and prevent the spread of opioid addiction across our state. I’m proud to have helped secure these federal funds, and as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to expand investments that will protect our communities and save lives in the Lower Hudson Valley.”

The 21st Century Cures Act, supported by Congresswoman Lowey, was enacted by President Obama on December 13, 2016. The legislation dedicates $6.3 billion over 10 years for America’s health priorities, including $1 billion over two years to combat the opioid epidemic. This money will provide grants to states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities, such as improving prescription drug monitoring programs, implementing prevention activities, training for health care providers, and expanding access to opioid treatment and recovery programs.

In 2015, opioids, including prescription drugs and illegal drugs such as heroin, killed more than 33,000 Americans. In New York, more than 800 people lost their lives, the highest death toll due to opioids in state history.