As drug overdoses reach record-high, Cicilline urges White House to reconsider funding

As drug overdoses reach record-high, Cicilline urges White House to reconsider funding

The Westerly Sun


In a letter sent to the White House, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline is raising questions regarding a budget plan that would potentially reduce funding necessary to combat a growing number of drug overdoses nationwide.

The letter sent to President Donald J. Trump Monday, he focuses on a budget proposal from the White House that would cut funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the lead federal agency in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction. Cicilline urged the president and his staff to reconsider as overdose deaths have reached record levels in Rhode Island, as well as nationwide.

“Under the White House’s proposal, ONDCP would lose 95% of its current funding levels,” Cicilline said in an email. “According to the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office, 336 people died last year as a result of a drug overdose, up from 290 in 2015. Nationwide, overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids have quadrupled since 1999.”

— Sun staff


Advertisement
 

Latest Videos

X