Dollars targeting opioids hit hurdles as impatience builds
October 26, 2017
Nearly a year after Congress approved an extraordinary $1 billion to tackle the opioid crisis, the money that poured into all 50 states is gradually reaching places where it can do some good, but with some setbacks and delays along the way.
In some locations, people addicted to opioids are starting to get treatment for the first time. In others, bureaucratic hurdles prevent innovation, driving home the point that gaining ground on the epidemic will be difficult. There's one constant: It takes time for government grants to trickle down to real people.
At a congressional hearing Wednesday in...