MI: Michigan announces $80 million for opioids crisis response

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced $80 million in federal funding that will go toward prevention, treatment and harm reduction services in response to the ongoing opioids crisis in Michigan.

LANSING, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced $80 million in federal funding that will go toward prevention, treatment and harm reduction services in response to the ongoing opioids crisis in Michigan.

The funding includes $36.4 million from the new State Opioid Response II (SOR II) grant and $43.1 million from an extension of the current State Opioid Response I (SOR I) grant.

According to Whitmer’s office, over the last five years, opioid overdoses have killed 8,000 Michiganders.

“The opioid epidemic has devastated families across Michigan, and we must continue to do everything we can to end it. This funding will help prevent more opioid deaths and help those struggling with addiction recover,” said Governor Whitmer. “I will continue working closely with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and members of the Michigan Opioids Task Force to keep Michiganders safe.”

Funding from the SOR I and SOR II grants will help support widespread naloxone distribution along with other medications to treat opioid use disorder, start-up costs for new and expanding treatment providers and providing free training and clinical supports.

A focus of SOR II will making medications to treat opioid use disorder available in emergency departments and creating follow-up programs to conduct wellness checks on overdose survivors.

Other steps include distributing sterile syringes, building trust with individuals actively using substances and conducting extensive naloxone distribution, will continue to expand as well.

The grants will also support diversion of individuals from the criminal justice system to treatment, expansion of treatment in correctional facilities and courts and assistance with reentry for individuals leaving incarceration.

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