Substance abuse is a rising problem across the country. Methamphetamine, cocaine and psychostimulant use are all on the rise, and states need additional federal funding to meet this challenge. They also need greater autonomy to spend funds as needed to adapt to changing conditions on the ground.
The State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant program already gave out $1.4 billion in FY2019 and if the program needs to be extended the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make that request. This legislation is premature — additional funding for SOR grants shouldn’t be appropriated until the results of the program’s FY2019 spending are better understood.