More Than $16 Million in Grants Awarded to Address Opioid Epidemic

November 03, 2017 07:05 PM

Minnesotans will get new resources to deal with the opioid epidemic.

On Friday, the state awarded more than $16 million in grants to 30 different agencies.

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Opioid overdose deaths have increased in Minnesota by 430 percent since the year 2000. Over the course of the next 3 years, this money will try to put a dent in those numbers. 

"All across Minnesota, families and communities are being damaged by the nightmare that is opioid abuse, and addiction, it's critical that we put an end to this now," Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said.

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Opioid abuse killed 637 Minnesotans last year alone. Specifically with heroin, in 2008, fewer than 10 Minnesotans died from heroin overdoses. Last year, that number jumped to 142.
    
These grants will address prevention, treatment and recovery programs for substance abuse. This will be for things like better access to Naloxone, expanding medication-based treatment, and piloting an assistance program for mothers and their babies.

One woman who used opiates for more than a decade says she has a whole new life thanks to these treatment centers. 

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"Some people don't think that these treatment centers need this funding and I'm telling you that without it I wouldn't be alive. It not only changed my life, but it changed my family's life and miracles happen here," Abby Haley said.

For a full list of the agencies receiving this grant money visit: https://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/#/detail/appId/1/id/317202. 

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