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Delegation suggests minimum for targeted opioid funding

March 27, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation is urging the Trump administration to send at least $10 million to each state deemed eligible for extra funding to fight the nation’s worsening opioid epidemic.

The $1.3 trillion budget appropriation the president signed Friday includes an additional $3.3 billion to combat the crisis. The congressional delegation says of that, $142 million will be set aside for the hardest-hit states.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster sent a letter to federal officials on Tuesday offering advice on how to allocate that money. In addition to the $10 million minimum, they recommend keeping the list of eligible states short and dividing the money proportionately based on the drug overdose fatality rate in each state.

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