Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

To Get Nearly $5 Million To Fight Opioid Epidemic

To Get Nearly $5 Million To Fight Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Minnesota with $5,379,349 to combat opioid addiction.

The emergency legislation was signed into law in December and includes one-billion-dollars over the next two-years to help combat opioid abuse and heroin use. But Rio Arriba County Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt says the funding could still give a much-needed boost to the state's struggling treatment and recovery programs.

Authorities in a central in county responded to more than 200 drug overdoses during the first three months of 2017, including two dozen fatal overdoses. A key provision of the bipartisan bill is the significant funding provided to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

"The funding provided for by the 21st Century Cures Act will ensure that West Virginians have access to comprehensive treatment options including prevention and addiction recovery throughout the state", Senator Manchin said.

Tennessee ranks the third highest for opioid abuse in the nation with more than 1,000 Tennesseans dying each year as a result of drug overdose. Sen.

After Donnelly introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in June 2014 that would take a multi-pronged approach to addressing these epidemics, including to update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05) helped introduce similar legislation in the House.

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