Michigan gets $80 million to continue battling opioid epidemic

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Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 12:53 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan is getting $80 million in federal funding to help fight the opioid epidemic.

That money includes more than $36 million from a new grant and more than $43 million for an existing grant. It will be used to support prevention, treatment, and harm reduction services.

State health officials say the opioid crisis has gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls to emergency medical services for opioid overdose 22% higher from April to July 2020 than during the same period in 2019.

There’s help available for anyone struggling with opioid addiction at The website has information about task force town halls, including one covering mid-Michigan, happening this Friday.

There’s also information about addiction treatment options and a drug abuse hotline.

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