The new administration will focus on finding ways to help communities that are already grappling with the devastating opioid crisis, including finding ways for doctors and patients to get access to affordable and effective treatments, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday.
“We’re going to be making sure that we’re putting in place strategies and programs that help the most vulnerable, and I want to make sure that those strategies and those programs are designed to meet the needs of those communities,” Biden said at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Biden said that he believes that the federal government has to be able to play a role in helping to address this crisis.
Biden also reiterated his call for Congress to take action to address the opioid epidemic.
The vice president’s remarks came on the same day that his administration announced a plan to spend $7.7 billion on opioid addiction treatment, including $2.5 billion for addiction centers.
Biden and other administration officials said the spending will be used to improve the health and well-being of addicts and their families and will be paid for through a combination of federal tax credits and federal funds from the federal Health and Human Services Department.
Biden announced the $2 billion initiative on Friday.