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Posted By: Retired Mustang
Date: Friday - August 11,2017 05:20
The federal government will provide states nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at confronting the opioid epidemic, which Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price described Wednesday as a "crisis."
Price made the announcement at a drug prevention summit in Atlanta. The $485 million in grant money was contained in bipartisan legislation approved by Congress last year
Price said another half-billion dollars in state grants will follow next year. He said states "know best what their communities need" and "have already been at the forefront of supporting prevention, treatment and recovery."
In 2015, more than 33,000 people fatally overdosed on opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no other year on record has seen a higher number. Nearly half of the deaths involved a prescription opioid.
AP Reported above
Also we lose around 100 a day to opioid misuse. Then we have to consider that wile many need the strong pain meds, family physicians with not specific expertise might be over-prescribing the drugs.
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