Lawmakers Tackling Way States Get Federal Funds To Fight Opiate Addiction

WASHINGTON D.C, (WABI) - Lawmakers on the nation's heroin task force are tackling the way in which states get federal funds to fight opiate addiction.

Current funding is based largely on a state's population size.

Lawmakers say it has disproportionately benefited states with larger populations and hindered smaller states like Maine.

New legislation introduced by congressman Bruce Poliquin and others would reform funding so that more support is directed to states that have higher rates of drug deaths.