President’s FY 2016 Budget Released This Week

The Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget this week. The President’s Budget contains more than $12 billion in federal funds to address drug use in the United States – an increase of more than $768 million over the fiscal year 2015 enacted level.

Combined with supply reduction funding, a total of nearly $27.6 billion dollars was requested for Federal drug control programs for 2016.

The FY 2016 request includes a total of $308.9 million for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) including funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program ($193.4 million) and the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program with $85.7 million in total funding for community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use.

The budget would also allocate $68 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand its Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention for States program to all 50 states, and an additional $5.6 million for the CDC to address the rising rate of heroin-related overdose; $12 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for grants to prevent prescription drug/opioid overdose related deaths; $9 million for Department of Justice (DOJ) state grants to enhance the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data; and $8.8 million for SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to better target prescription drug abuse and misuse within each state.

The request also includes $11.0 billion for treatment, a nearly 7 percent increase over the FY 2015 funding level.

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