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Feds to provide $485M in grants to combat opioid epidemic

Feds to provide $485M in grants to combat opioid epidemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designated $485 million in grants toward opioid abuse prevention and treatment for those adversely impacted by the pain-relieving drug, fentanyl.

"As part of our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, we fought hard to include this funding to aid in this public health crisis", Upton said Wednesday.

The grant is provided for by the 21st Century Cures Act, which Rep. Jenkins proudly supported when it passed the House in November 2016 and when it was funded in December.

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"With these grants, we want to promote evidence-based policies and best practices". According to the HHS, the funding will go towards supporting a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients.

Price said another half-billion dollars in state grants will follow next year. The funds for 2018 will be based upon an HHS assessment regarding where the funds can be the most successful.

OH soon will receive $26 million to use in the state's ongoing battle against an opioid-addiction crisis that kills an average of eight Ohioans per day according to the most recent data. "The findings from these visits will also inform the work we do hand-in-hand with the president's commission, led by Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J". The Mississippi State Department of Health attributes many accidental overdose deaths in Mississippi to a high level of opioid painkiller prescriptions. These activities are expected to address abuse of prescription opioids as well as illicit drugs such as heroin. "It is going to continue to take all of us working together to stem the tide of the opioid epidemic", said Donnelly.

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"This grant will help West Virginia combat the drug crisis and offer more treatment options for people seeking a path out of addiction".

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