Organizations make their pitches for Alabama opioid settlement money

BY: - November 20, 2023

Lawmakers and public officials heard proposals from different organizations Thursday for spending grant money from the state’s share of a national opioid settlement agreement. Fourteen groups who made their pitch for funding to members of the Oversight Commission on Opioid Settlement Funds during Thursday’s meeting, hoping to secure a grant from the estimated $249 million […]

University of Alabama and rural communities receive federal funding to combat opioid crisis

BY: - September 5, 2023

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) last week announced $1.45 million in funding aimed at bolstering rural communities in Alabama’s fight against the overdose risk associated with fentanyl and other opioids. $600,000 of the $1.45 million will go to two organizations to help address “immediate needs […]

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White House rolls out strategy to battle deadly drug mixture of fentanyl and xylazine

BY: - July 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House is unveiling a plan to combat the growing threat of drug overdose deaths involving the combination of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and the powerful sedative xylazine, approved only for veterinary use. The plan comes ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’s meeting with state attorneys general next week to discuss the staggering […]

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Senate Committee votes to repeal 2019 law regulating opioid disorder therapies

BY: - April 26, 2023

The Senate Healthcare Committee Wednesday voted to repeal a 2019 law that regulated therapies for opioid addiction. Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, said in committee Wednesday that “gradual changes in the federal law” stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic meant the law was no longer necessary. SB 239 passed on a voice vote. It moves to the […]