From The Washington Post:

Roughly 240 organizations will call on Congress to beef up overdose prevention efforts as U.S. drug-related deaths topped 100,000 within a 12-month period for the first time.

The groups — led by People’s Action, The Drug Policy Alliance, National Harm Reduction Coalition, and VOCAL-NY — are outlining several asks in a letter to congressional leaders today.

  • This includes $69.5 million in funding to increase overdose prevention and harm reduction efforts; eliminating a waiver doctors need to prescribe a medication used to treat opioid addiction; improving efforts to detect the potent synthetic drug fentanyl; and allowing Medicaid to cover health services during the last 30 days of incarceration.