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Bexar County receives $1.65 million to fight opioid epidemic

September 28, 2018

Bexar County has secured a pair of federal grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to battle the local opioid epidemic, local and federal officials announced Thursday.

The $1.65 million in funds will be awarded over three years to the county through the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, according to a news release from Congressman Lloyd Doggett, of San Antonio.

The funds will be used to establish the Bexar County Opioid Prevention and Intervention Program and hire a person full time to craft a strategic plan to combat opioid abuse in San Antonio. The program will focus on both outpatient and residential treatment options. Some of the money will also go toward assisting women who are struggling simultaneously with opioid addiction and mental illness.

The announcement comes a week after the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District presented the progress of the local task force formed last year to address opioid abuse fatalities, including training and arming San Antonio police officers with the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone.

“Substance abuse has a profound impact on our criminal justice system, our hospitals, and our social services agencies. The Bexar County opioid task force is a model for inter-agency collaboration to fight substance abuse in our community,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who partnered with Mayor Ron Nirenberg to form the task force.

Lauren Caruba covers health care and medicine in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | lcaruba@express-news.net | Twitter: @LaurenCaruba

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