April 21, 2017

CT gets $5.5M grant to combat opioid abuse

PHOTO | Bill Morgan Media LLC
PHOTO | Bill Morgan Media LLC
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy..

Connecticut is receiving $5.5 million from the federal government to deal with the prescription opioid and heroin crisis, authorities say.

The funds from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will go to the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid-related overdose deaths, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday.

The governor said the new funding also promotes the evidence-based public health approach outlined in the Surgeon General's recent report, "Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health."

The report stresses the importance of the full range of services that will be funded through these grants – including getting vital treatment to people dealing with substance use disorders, and significantly reducing the number of substance use-related deaths.

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