Sending Office: Honorable David J. Trone
Sent By:
Christina.Tsafoulias@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

Over the last three years, life expectancy in the United States has actually declined, and this is due in large part to an increase in overdoses connected to the opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data highlight yet another
disturbing fact: Americans are now more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a car crash. We can and must do better to combat this crisis plaguing every state in the country.

This is why we’ve introduced H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act. State Opioid Response (SOR) grants and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grants were first implemented in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (P.L.
115-141). The money distributed through these grants has helped states and local entities build out their responses to the crisis through providing additional treatment beds, hiring the workforce necessary to expand treatment and recovery options, bridging
gaps identified in systems of care, supporting robust prevention campaigns, as well as many other approaches. The grants are awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) according to a formula that includes a 15% set aside
for the 10 states hit hardest by the epidemic. 

Our legislation authorizes SOR and TOR grants for 5 years because there is currently no underlying authorization. The bill authorizes $1 billion per year, which includes $50 million for TOR grants. No changes are made to the grant programs or their funding
formulas. With this legislation, we can help to provide much-needed certainty to states and communities that are relying on these grants to help address the acute needs associated with the opioid crisis.

We ask you to join us in supporting H.R. 2466. To cosponsor, please contact Elly Kosova (elly.kosova@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Trone, Connor Crowley (connor.crowley@mail.house.gov)
with Rep. Armstrong, Tom Stewart (thomas.stewart@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Sherrill, or Eli Woerpel (eli.woerpel@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Riggleman.

 

Sincerely,

 

David Trone                                                                                         Kelly Armstrong
Member of Congress                                                                            Member of Congress

 

Mikie Sherrill                                                                                       Denver Riggleman
Member of Congress                                                                            Member of Congress

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