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Iowa gets $4 million in drug addiction funds in Obama plan

Iowa gets $4 million in drug addiction funds in Obama plan (MGN Online)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Under President Barack Obama's proposal to help ease a growing national problem related to drug addiction Iowa would get an additional $4 million to help expand treatment.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, appointed by Obama to oversee the administration's battle against a growing opioid addiction problem, says current drug abuse bills in Congress don't provide enough money.

Obama's plan provides $1 billion to create more treatment centers and train about 700 new drug treatment specialists.

Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald says he's seen an increase in seized heroin and addiction issues among young people while federal funding for drug task forces has fallen.

Vilsack, Fitzgerald and others held a conference call Tuesday to push the administration's plan.

Iowa is 48th in drug overdoses with 8.8 deaths per 100,000 people.

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