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Pennsylvania Receives Grant Money to Help Fight Opioid Epidemic

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Pennsylvania's Governor has made the fight against opioids, a priority. The state is now on the receiving end of more than $5 million dollars in that fight. Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania, through the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, has been awarded a $5.7 million dollar grant. 

It's from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant, a funding opportunity made available by the federal substance abuse and mental health services administration will help the state expand or enhance its access to evidence-based medically assisted treatment services.

In 2016, more than 4600 drug-related overdose deaths were reported in Pennsylvania, an increase of 37 percent from 2015. Everyday 13 Pennsylvanians die of a drug overdose.

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