President Donald Trump signed a $50 billion stimulus package on Thursday to combat the opioid crisis, the White House announced.
The bill includes $4.6 billion for states to boost treatment capacity, $4 billion for treatment of drug overdoses, $10 million for opioid addiction treatment, $2 billion for education and $7 billion for community recovery programs.
Trump signed the legislation into law as he toured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he declared the nation’s drug overdose crisis “the most deadly crisis since the Great Depression.”
It also includes $5 billion for opioid-related research, $3 billion for research on alternative treatments, $1 billion for emergency medical services and $4 million to support community-based programs.
The White House says the bill will help save more than 2 million lives and is expected to create a million new jobs in the next five years.