Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden applauds $4 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

March 20, 2019
Press Release

Greg Walden applauds $4 million in new grants to combat opioid crisis in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded new resources to combat the opioid crisis in Oregon. As part of newly released grant funding from the Trump Administration, Oregon will receive more than $4 million though the State Opioid Response grant program, which helps communities expand access to opioid abuse and addiction treatment services.

“We lose more Oregonians to drug overdoses than car accidents and this opioid crisis has hit every community in our state. Combating opioid abuse in Oregon requires an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Walden. “These needed resources will provide support to the medical providers and treatment advocates on the front lines of this fight in Oregon to boost prevention efforts, increase access to medication assisted treatment, and expand recovery options for patients. Paired with my legislation that is now law -- the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act -- and the past funding Oregon has received through similar federal programs, this new funding will bolster our efforts to tackle the opioid crisis from all angles for victims and families in our communities. While we made great strides last Congress, our work is far from done, and I will continue to work alongside my colleagues and people on the ground in Oregon to stem the tide of addiction and save lives.”

The $4,109,241 Oregon will receive is part of an additional $487 million to supplement first-year funding through the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. The grants are part of the Trump Administration's Five-Point Opioid Strategy to combat the opioid crisis.

Walden’s legislation, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), is a bipartisan bill that was signed into law last year and authorized billions of dollars to combat the opioid crisis, including $1.5 billion authorized for the State Targeted Response program. Over the last two years, Oregon received more than $17 million through the State Targeted Response program to combat the crisis.

Walden's legislation will help in our overall efforts to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

Walden has been at the forefront of the Congressional response to the opioid crisis, leading efforts to pass landmark legislation to combat opioid abuse and investigate the bad actors contributing to the spread of the crisis.

To learn more about this funding for Oregon, please click here.