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Allocation of Funds for Addiction in the United States

Overview :  The number of Americans suffering from addiction is steadily increasing and many agencies and departments throughout the federal government work to distribute funds across the nation to assist those Americans who are addicted as well as to prevent others from becoming addicts. SAMHSA is one of these agencies, housed under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, whose mission is "to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities" [ source ]. That said, like every government agency, there are limited resources and time that SAMHSA has and we aim to assist in SAMHSA making the greatest impact in the shortest time possible. Last year, SAMHSA distributed its' grant funding based on the percent of the US population that resides in a particular state; however, our analysis found that this metric does not line up with states that have high crude rates (deaths per 100,000) indiciating that this vital funding is not reachin