#FundingFriday: Federal Grants Addressing the Ongoing Opioid Epidemic in the US

Opioid abuse and addition have developed to epidemic proportions in the United States.

“In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose, and at least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid. Many more became addicted to prescription and illegal opioids,” reads an article on the opioid epidemic on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The following recent grant opportunities highlight the range of U.S. government agencies and programs currently addressing the opioid epidemic:

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1. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health – Marijuana, Prescription Opioid, or Prescription Benzodiazepine Drug Use Among Older Adults (R01)

Despite significant scientific advancements made in substance use disorder research over the last century, the causes and consequences of drug use in later life remain poorly understood. The intent of this funding opportunity announcement is to support innovative research that examines aspects of marijuana and prescription opioid and benzodiazepine use in adults aged 50 and older. This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages research that examines the determinants of these types of drug use and/or characterizes the resulting neurobiological alterations, associated behaviors, and public health consequences. This initiative will focus on two distinct populations of older adults: individuals with earlier onset of drug use who are now entering this stage of adult development or individuals who initiate drug use after the age of 50.

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#FundingFriday: Federal Grants from the Departments of Transportation, State, Interior, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development

The grant opportunities posted this week to Grants.gov showcase the wide range of public services and programs that federal funds support. Below are opportunities that fund training for handling hazardous materials, the conservation of endangered species, capacity-building for professionals in the civil and criminal justice system, and more.

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1. Department of Transportation (DOT) – Hazmat Grants

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-615), authorizes DOT to provide assistance to public sector employees through training and planning grants to States, Territories, and federally recognized Tribes for emergency response. The purpose of this grant program is to increase State, Territorial, Tribal, and local effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations.

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