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Tom Price: Don't Just 'Throw Money' at Opioid Crisis

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Congress shouldn't "throw money" at the opioid crisis facing the country just for the sake of doing it.

"We don't need to throw money at it just to say let's put more money in there," HHS Secretary Tom Price told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Instead, he suggested lawmakers should "identify the things that are working and then fund those things that are working."

"Over the last 10 years, we've seen overdose deaths in this country spike to an incredible degree," Price said. "That tells us and that should tell anybody who's sober and looking at this situation that what we're doing right now is not working."

Deaths caused by opioid overdose, including prescription drugs and heroin, accounted for more than 33,000 people in 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Opioid and heroin addiction are also affecting the crime rate as people steal in order to pay for their drugs.

Another byproduct of the epidemic is the effect on babies born to mothers addicted to the drugs, according to a CDC report.

Price said resources should be targeted for known treatment options.

"When the resources are provided by the Congress of the United States, that those monies go to those programs that are actually successful," he said.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Congress shouldn't "throw money" at the opioid crisis facing the country just for the sake of doing it."We don't need to throw money at it just to say let's put more money in there," HHS Secretary Tom Price told NBC's "Meet...
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