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Upton: “Help is on the Way” in Opioid Epidemic Fight

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Washington, April 20, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of the first round of grants to help states and territories combat the opioid epidemic. These grants were made available as part of Upton’s bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act. The $485 million in grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be used towards the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.

“It seems like everyone I meet is in some way impacted by this tragic opioid epidemic,” said Upton. “These grants will directly help those in need here in Southwest Michigan and across the country. I applaud the administration for getting these grants out in an expedited manner. As part of our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act we fought hard to include this funding to aid in this public health crisis. Now, we’re delivering. To those in the midst of this fight: Help is on the way.”

According to HHS, the State of Michigan was awarded $16,372,680 in this first round of grants. 

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