2018 budget Feds De-Prioritize List Of Mostly White Counties For Anti-Opioid Dollars By Marisa Demarco • Jul 12, 2018 DoD via CC Listen Listening... / 1:11 Congress is spending billions more than it ever has to fight the opioid epidemic affecting the nation. Some of that money is going to rural areas, and there was some concern that the rural communities being targeted were almost entirely white. Feds Say List Of White Counties Won’t Be Prioritized For Opioid Funding By Marisa Demarco • May 31, 2018 JESSICA7191 VIA PIXABAY / CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE Listen Listening... / 4:31 New Mexico’s been fighting the opioid epidemic for decades, but it wasn’t until last year that the federal government declared it a public health emergency. Congress just pumped up the budget for fighting the epidemic by billions, including $100 million for rural areas. But none of the rural counties in our state were targeted for that money. Now that’s changing.