Biden WH Spending $1.5 Billion to Address the Opioid Crisis; No Mention of Border Crisis

By Susan Jones | September 23, 2022 | 11:28am EDT
A Drug Enforcement Administration chemist pours 2,500 packs of confirmed fentanyl onto a counter for testing at the DEA Northeast Regional Laboratory in New York. (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
A Drug Enforcement Administration chemist pours 2,500 packs of confirmed fentanyl onto a counter for testing at the DEA Northeast Regional Laboratory in New York. (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden has largely ignored the overrun southwest border, where drug traffickers are bringing tons of poison, including fentanyl, into this country.

But on Friday, less than two months before the midterm election, the White House released a statement, saying "President Biden recognizes the devastating impact the overdose epidemic has had on this nation."

In a new fact sheet, the White House announced "new and recent actions" it is taking as part of National Recovery Month -- and it's clear they view money as the solution to this problem, as they do so many others.

The words "border" and "immigration" do not appear anywhere in the White House fact sheet.

The fact sheet says the Biden White House is:

-- Awarding $1.5 billion for all States and Territories to Address Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

The White House explains: "The grant programs provide funding to states and territories to increase access to treatment for substance use disorder, remove barriers to public-health interventions like naloxone, and expand access to recovery support services such as 24/7 Opioid Treatment Programs. The funding will also allow states to increase investments in overdose education, peer support specialists in emergency departments, and allow states to invest in other strategies that will help save lives in hard-hit communities."

The largest grant ($107,060,968) is going to state agencies in Sacramento, California, followed by $101,302,478 to the Department of Children and Families in Tallahassee, Florida (See full list here.)

Additionally, the fact sheet mentions:

-- "Investing (spending) over $104 Million to Expand Substance Use Treatment and Prevention in Rural Communities to Beat the Overdose Epidemic.

-- "Investing" (spending) $20.5 Million to Increase Access to Recovery Supports. This grant funding will "help individuals with substance use disorders who are moving through the drug court system restabilize their lives by expanding prevention and treatment programs and increasing access to community behavioral health promotion services."

-- New Guidance to Support and Facilitate Greater Access to FDA-approved naloxone products. The FDA wants to expand the distribution of naloxone, "with the goal of saving lives by supporting the drug’s increased availability to underserved communities who need access the most."

-- Additional Funding for Law Enforcement Officials on the Front Lines of the Overdose Epidemic who are working to "reduce violent crime, improve data sharing, and dismantle illicit finance operations of drug traffickers" and "to prevent gun crimes associated with drug trafficking."

-- New Guidance for Employers to Create Recovery-Ready Workplaces. (Hire the formerly addicted.)

-- Deploying Financial Sanctions to Disrupt Global Drug Trafficking Operations, including violent Mexican cartels. The U.S. Treasury Department "will use sanctions to target the global fentanyl supply chain, particularly in Mexico, to disrupt the illicit production of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which continue to drive overdose deaths."

-- A historic $42.5 billion for National Drug Control Program agencies in President Biden’s FY 2023 budget request, a $3.2 billion increase over FY 2022.

The fact sheet makes a point of saying what the Biden administration will NOT do: "Consistent with federal law, none of the initiatives or investments announced today will be used to purchase or distribute drug paraphernalia, including pipes."

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