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Indiana gets $18M to combat opioid epidemic

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide more than $18 million in grant funding to address the opioid crisis in Indiana.

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today applauded the announcement by HHS that Indiana will receive $18,147,223 in grant funding to help address the opioid crisis, according to a news release from Senator Young.

“As I travel across Indiana, it is clear that no community has been spared from the harmful impacts of opioids,” said Senator Young in a statement. “Today’s announcement is welcome news for Indiana as we fight to curb this devasting opioid epidemic. More funding will allow more access to prevention services and treatment options for countless Hoosiers struggling with opioid addiction across our state.”

In an HCCSC school board meeting on Aug. 12, School Resource Officer Terry Stoffel stated that five people had died from opioid overdoses in Huntington County in 2019 alone, and said the county is “on track for 10 deaths” by the end of the year.

On Aug. 29, Parkview Health was awarded nearly $725,000 in grant funds for a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, a portion of which will be utilized at the Parkview Huntington Hospital. 

“$18 million is significant funding to curb the opioid epidemic and it will make measurable movement towards fixing this crisis,” said Senator Braun in a statement. “In addition to these valuable funds, I have offered bipartisan solutions that address the opioid crisis plaguing Hoosier families and communities.”