Michigan has been awarded a federal grant to combat opioid abuse

DSC05717The $2.25 million grant will be distributed over three years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The funding will go toward state-level prevention of opioid misuse and reducing the number of overdoses in the state.

Jennifer Eisner is the Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says Michigan is fortunate to have received a large grant, amounting to more than $800-thousand a year .

“Other states, the average amount awarded was $483,000 a year, so we are above what was given out the average which is a good thing.”

Eisner says the grant will allow the state to better collect data, develop a strategy to combat the epidemic, and allow better connections with communities to develop comprehensive opioid prevention programs.