47 National Organization Send Letter to Congress Urging Addiction Funding

Groups Urge Additional Funding for Substance Use Disorders Amid Pandemic

The Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit working to eliminate addiction as a major health condition, led a sign on letter of 47 organizations requesting supplemental funding for programs that support people and families struggling with substance use disorders.

Health officials have increasingly sounded the alarm that the more than 20 million Americans suffering from a substance use disorder may be more vulnerable than others to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Officials have identified those with opioid and methamphetamine use disorders, and those who smoke or vape to be at an increased risk for developing more severe systems because of COVID-19’s attacks on the respiratory tract.