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Following a series of bipartisan hearings into the opioid crisis, Senator Murray announces funding package to support families and communities 

Under the package in the omnibus, NIH will see increased funds for research into opioid addiction 

States also given more resources to support and scale local programs 

Additional funding for community health centers and workforce training programs included to increase access to treatment 

Package provides significant funding for programs helping children whose parents have struggled with addiction

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on the opioid spending package included in the bipartisan budget deal.

“I’ve heard from people across Washington state, and across the country, about the need to provide more resources to fight this epidemic—and this bill does just that. While President Trump has made promises and failed to deliver, Congress has been working to provide support to our families and communities. The new funding in this bill addresses many of the challenges we heard about from those on the frontlines of this epidemic, from researchers and local officials addressing the root causes of the crisis, to families and communities personally facing its ripple effects. The opioid epidemic has caused far too much heartbreak for the parents and children across the country dealing with the loss of a loved one, the challenges of recovery, and the stigma of addiction—I’m going to continue pushing for solutions to help change that.”