US government to give $1.8 billion to address opioid crisis

The US department of Health and Human Services has said that it will give $1.8bn to states to help them address the opioid epidemic. Around half the money will be spent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help state departments monitor overdose data, with the remaining funds coming from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve prevention, recovery and treatment services.