The state of Michigan has received more than $16 million in federal funds to help reduce opioid use and abuse, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced Friday.

“The addiction epidemic continues to impact families in every community across our state and across this country,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

“Michigan is making strides in the fight against addiction and this grant will help us bring those efforts to the next level, helping more families find the support they need to prevent and treat addiction.”

The funding was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) through a grant a from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will be used to promote prevention and increase access to treatment by funding state initiatives, including:

  • The Michigan Automated Prescription System
  • Development of a statewide awareness campaign
  • Michigan-OPEN research through the University of Michigan
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Prevention services and strategies
  • Improving the availability of Naloxone
  • Increasing peer supports, tribal supports, and support of law enforcement
  • Providing a new model for re-entry services
  • Collaboration with university partners on re-entry, evaluation, and research opportunities

“This is an excellent opportunity to address the rise of opioid use disorders in our state,” said Dr. Debra Pinals, MDHHS chief psychiatrist. “Through this grant, we will strengthen our networks for prevention and treatment to reduce opioid-related deaths and make treatment more available for those who need it.”

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