$10 million grant given to Missouri to fight the opioid epidemic - KMOV.com

$10 million grant given to Missouri to fight the opioid epidemic

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Missouri was selected to receive a federal grant of $10 million dollars to combat opioid abuse in the state. The grant comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and it has bi-partisan support from both of Missouri's U.S. Senators.

The grant money will go towards prevention and treatment resources for Missourians, including easier access to treatment and less access to prescription pills. 

Below is the statement given to News 4 from U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R):

“In 2016, nearly three Missourians died every day from an opioid overdose. Drug overdose deaths have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the number one accidental cause of death in our state. Addiction is treatable, but only around ten percent of those struggling with the disease get the help they need. This grant funding will provide additional resources to expand and improve treatment and prevention services.” 

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) also sent a statement regarding the new resources:

“Opioid addiction continues to devastate families and communities across Missouri-but we’re also seeing addiction and prevention treatment programs chip away at an epidemic that at times has felt unstoppable. These new resources will go a long way in continuing to combat this crisis and give tools to the folks on the front lines by expanding treatment access to families who need it most, reducing overdose deaths, and cutting down on over prescriptions.”

This is the second year in a row Missouri received this grant from the federal government, which means $20 million has now gone towards this crisis program.

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