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BC-US--Opioid Epidemic,ADVISORY, US

October 9, 2018

Dear AP Customer:

The Associated Press is sharing exclusive data showing how each state spent money allocated for the opioids epidemic under the 21st Century Cures Act. A webinar explaining the data set is scheduled for tomorrow — Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The data details how the first half of the nearly $1 billion in funding was apportioned among states for treatment, recovery, prevention and administration. It also details how much states spent in the first year of the program, plus the number and demographics of people treated.

The emergency funding was distributed according to a formula favoring states with more overdose deaths and treatment needs. The AP received, verified and corrected state-level data for the first year of spending, which was from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018.

An AP analysis shows that states spent the money at different paces and on different services. It also found a relationship with Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, which covers addiction treatment for nearly everyone who is poor and needs it.

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DATA

The data shows the first-year allocations and spending breakdowns for opioid treatment, recovery and prevention services by state. It also details the demographics of people receiving treatment or recovery services. A third sheet details the exact providers that have received funding and the services available, including medication-assisted treatment programs.

If your newsroom has not received the link, contact apdigitalsales@ap.org

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TIMING

The story will move in advance on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and will be EMBARGOED for online publication until 3:01 a.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 22. It is intended for print publication on or after Oct. 22. The data may be used for reporting immediately.

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WEBINAR

The AP will host a webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to review the story and the data. The dial-in information has been emailed to AP data customers. If you did not receive it, contact datateam@ap.org. The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

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CONTACTS

For questions about the package, contact Jonathan Poet at jpoet@ap.org. For data questions, contact AP data journalist Nicky Forster at nforster@ap.org.

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OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TREATMENT DOLLARS

An Associated Press analysis of federal money intended to address the opioid epidemic finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it. The money is part of the two-year, nearly $1 billion 21st Century Cures Act grant program. AP’s analysis of the first year spending found states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare reported spending less of their allocations than states that opted against expansion. Why? In states that expanded Medicaid, the program already covers addiction treatment for nearly everyone who is poor and needs it. By Carla K. Johnson and Nicky Forster. Photos. AP Graphic.

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