Rep. Blum Hosts 2nd Public Event to Combat Opioid Crisis
Dubuque & Cedar Rapids Awarded Grants to Aid Crisis
After hosting an extremely productive Opioid Conference this past July focused on law enforcement efforts, Rep. Blum is planning a second conference on October 17th in Waterloo-- this time focused on health care.
The conference will be held on October 17, 2018 from 5-7PM at the Iowa Veterans Museum (503 South Street) in Waterloo and will feature a legislative update from Rep. Blum, Keynote Speaker Ann Saba, MPH, Communications and Research Specialist, Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Iowa, and a panel of area health professionals.
This year, Congress has passed over 60 opioid bills. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $1 billion in grants to combat the opioid crisis. This funding includes specific grants to Cedar Rapids ($285,000) and Dubuque ($198,250) through the Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) awards. The SUD-MH awards support health centers in implementing and advancing evidence-based strategies that best meet the substance use disorder and mental health needs of the populations they serve.
Congressman Blum commented, “In addition to the millions of Americans dealing with an ongoing opioid addiction, there were 314 deaths in the state of Iowa caused by opioid overdose in 2016. I have worked with my Democrat and Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C. to pass legislation that activates assistance from the federal level. Still, there is more that we can do, and I will be hosting my second Opioid Drug Conference on October 17th to identify potential solutions and discuss the issue on a community level.”
To RSVP for the Opioid Drug Conference, visit: www.blum.house.gov/ConferenceRSVP