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Colorado to Receive 7.8 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic

April 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced 2018 grant funding to assist each state and territory in combatting the opioid abuse epidemic. Of the $485 million in funding being distributed, Colorado will receive $7,869,651. This grant is the result of the 21st Century Cures Act, which Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass and was subsequently signed into law in 2016.

“This second year of funding is welcome news for Colorado and those who are working to fight opioid abuse in our state,” said Tipton. “The main concern I hear from impacted communities is that they need more resources for treatment, education and prevention programs to end abuse and save lives. These funds will help meet those needs. I urge Governor Hickenlooper to ensure that communities in the 3rd District, which has been hit particularly hard by this epidemic, receives a meaningful portion of these resources.”

These grants are overseen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS and can be used for opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

Colorado received the same amount of grant money in 2017.

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