Published: Sun, September 04, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Michigan to get $2.25 million to combat opioid misuse, abuse

Michigan to get $2.25 million to combat opioid misuse, abuse

Tennessee has received $1 million in federal funds to help prevent opioid abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will distribute $53 million in funding to 44 States, four tribes and the District of Columbia to be used in the continuing battle against opioid addiction. "According to the CDC, prescribing and sales of opioids have quadrupled since 1999 and more than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve an opioid".

Store customers with an opioid prescription from any physician are asked if they would like to participate in the program.

"More people are dying from drug overdoses than from vehicle accidents, and these deaths are preventable with the life-saving drug naloxone and more knowledge about how accidental overdoses can happen", Dettmann stated in Wednesday's release. Easy access to the drugs is partly to blame for what federal officials call an epidemic of overdose deaths. "States can use these funds to develop, implement, and evaluate programs that save lives".

MI will use the funding to improve data collection and analysis, develop a strategy to combat the problem and work with communities to develop more comprehensive opioid overdose prevention programs.

The funding will be spread among 44 states, the District of Columbia and four Native-American tribes and is meant to a fight a growing form of drug abuse.

Awardees are Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In July, the CVS became the latest pharmacy in the state to make the opioid overdose-reversal drug, naloxone, available without a prescription at its pharmacies in the state.

The initiative concentrates on evidence-based strategies that can have the most significant impact on the epidemic. But additional funding is necessary to ensure that every American who wants to get treatment for opioid use disorder will have access.

$1 million annually for up to three years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help expand and enhance medication-assisted treatment in Alaska.

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