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Michigan to get $2.25 million to combat opioid abuse

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

The federal government has stepped into the ring in the fight against opioid abuse.

Opioid overdoses have been on the rise in Mid-Michigan over the past few years. From 1999 to 2014, Michigan saw a four-fold increase in unintentional fatal drug poisonings, and the state was ranked 10th in the nation in per capita prescribing rates of opioid pain relievers in 2012.

Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lends a hand to keep them at bay.

Wednesday, it announced $53 million dollars to combat the epidemic.

Michigan will get a good chunk of that money with $2.25 million going to the state over a three-year period.

“Addiction is an epidemic that is impacting families all across our state and country,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, chair of the Prescription Drug and Opioid Task Force. “Michigan is taking action by focusing on community prevention and early detection, and working to connect people with better treatment options. This federal grant will help in our efforts to provide more second chances for Michiganders.”

The funding will help develop opioid awareness programs in our schools.

Michigan is also included in a $6 million plan to advance opioid research at the state level. 

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