WASHINGTON – The White House is allocating nearly two billion dollars to fight the opioid crisis.
On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that $932 million will go to state and local governments to provide treatment, recovery, and prevention.
Another $900 million will go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a three year period.
In the announcement, Azar said drug overdose deaths were down five percent from 2017 to 2018, the first drop in decades.
President Trump is expected make an announcement from the White House about the grants Wednesday.