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$10.9 million grant awarded to Indiana to help fight opioid epidemic

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CARMEL, Ind.– Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price announced Thursday that Indiana will receive a federal grant for approximately $10.9 million to assist in the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services and funded by the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which includes $1 billion over the next two years to help combat opioid abuse and heroin use.

“The heroin and opioid abuse crisis has hit Hoosiers and our communities hard,” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) said. “Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, Indiana is getting the resources it desperately needs to reduce overdose deaths; help Hoosiers get treatment for substance abuse and stay in recovery; and reduce the over-prescription of opioids.”

According to a press release, HHS has prioritized five specific strategies to combat the opioid crisis.

They include strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research.

Authorities in a central Indiana county responded to more than 200 drug overdoses during the first three months of 2017, including two dozen fatal overdoses.