Feds to give Kentucky $10.5 million to fight opioid abuseLast Updated: Friday, May 5, 2017
(Courier-Journal, April 28) Kentucky, a state with the third highest drug overdose death rate in the nation, is set to receive $10.5 million to fight opioid abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The funding was made possible by the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law by President Obama in late 2016.
As part of the law, the department will spread $485 million in grants across every state for programs that support drug prevention efforts, treatment and recovery services.
“Priority populations we hope to impact include pregnant and parenting women with an opioid abuse disorder, incarcerated individuals with opioid abuse disorder who are re-entering the community, and individuals treated for an overdose in emergency room settings,” Doug Hogan, a spokesman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told the Courier-Journal. Read more.