Indiana Getting $11M For Opioid Epidemic Fight

21 Avril, 2017, 18:21 | Author: Cyril Hebras
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"Last year, Leader McConnell called 21st Century Cures 'the most important legislation of the year, ' and today's announcement - almost $14 million to help fight Tennessee's ongoing opioid epidemic - is just one example of the real help this bill is delivering to Tennessee families", Tennessee Sen. In late November, Donnelly and several colleagues called for the Senate to pass this necessary, emergency funding to address these public health crises before the end of the year.

A state Human Services Department spokesman said in an email that the money will go to supplement the state's existing opioid programs, to increase access to treatment, and to pay for addiction prevention and education programs, among other things.

The $5.3 million grant will support an array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services throughout the state.

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He said IN is making progress IN ensuring communities have the tools needed to confront this public health crisis.

"While this is a critical step towards ending the opioid epidemic, we must continue working to find solutions that reduce the demand for illegal narcotics in America". A key provision of the bipartisan bill is the significant funding provided to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

Walden's committee continues to look at all aspects of the opioid epidemic, most recently holding a hearing examining the federal government's response to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. He has listened to Hoosiers, introduced bipartisan legislation, partnered with federal, state, and local officials, and brought together stakeholders.


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