U.S. DHHS awards $94M to treat opioid and heroin abuse - WNEM TV 5

U.S. DHHS awards $94M to treat opioid and heroin abuse

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On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states.

"The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today," said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. 

An estimated 4.5 million people in the United States were addicted to non-medical prescription pain relievers in 2013, and an estimated 289,000 were current heroin users.

Ten centers in Michigan received nearly $3.5 million from the DHHS. Three of those were in Mid-Michigan, including Alcona Citizens for Health, Genesee Health System, and Health Delivery Inc.

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