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White House boosts public health role in response to heroin epidemic

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4502 (Published 18 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4502
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

In the face of a growing epidemic of heroin misuse in the United States, the White House announced on 17 August a $13.4m (£8.6m; €12m) initiative to promote law enforcement and public health programs in areas where misuse of heroin and prescription opioids has surged.

The funds will be parceled out to programs in areas that have been determined to be critical drug trafficking regions, designated “high intensity drug trafficking areas” (HIDTAs). There are currently 28 such areas in the 48 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and …

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