2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) released her new campaign proposal that would earmark $100 billion over the next 10 years to fight the nation’s opioid crisis.
The proposal which Warren is referring to as the CARE Act borrows elements from the Ryan White CARE Act that fought the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1990s. Money will go toward first responders, public health departments and states for prevention and rehabilitation services. The legislation is co-authored by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). During the decade-long proposal:
- $4 billion would go to states, territories and tribal governments.
- $2.7 billion would be distributed to the hardest-hit counties and cities, including $1.4 billion to counties and cities with the highest levels of overdoses.
- $1.7 billion would go toward public health surveillance, research and improved training for health professionals.
- $1.1 billion would be earmarked for public and nonprofit entities.
- $500 million would be used to expand access to naloxone.