Connecticut receiving $20 million to combat opioid epidemic

September 23, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving more than $20 million from the federal government to boost its efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said there will be two $11 million grants distributed across two years from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services plans to use the money to support various initiatives, including increasing the number of hospital emergency departments with access to on-call recovery coaches and purchasing 10,000 doses of naloxone, or Narcan, to help reverse opioid overdoses. The medication will be distributed throughout the state.

Some of the money will also be spent on expanding access to opioid addiction treatment and providing pre- and post-release treatment and overdose prevention to inmates with opioid use disorders.

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