“Increasing the availability of Naloxone for our first responders will save lives, giving a mother, father, son or daughter a new opportunity for recovery,” U.S. Rep. Mike Bost wrote in a statement. Bost, R-Murphysboro, was a sponsor of the bill to make the money available.

Eligible applicants include state and local governments and nonprofit groups, which would be able to receive up to $200,000 apiece to put naloxone in the hands of first-responders and train them how to use the drug, establish a referral system for treatment, and give rebates for testing fentanyl in unintentional overdoses and to report them to the CDC.