Vermont Gets $4 Million To Fight Opioid Crisis

Jun 19, 2018

Vermont's congressional delegation says the state is getting $4 million in federal grants to help fight the opioid epidemic.

A total of $930 million is being distributed throughout the country through the new State Opioid Response Grants program.

Last year, opioid-related deaths in Vermont rose by 5 percent to a total of 101 while deaths from fentanyl jumped by 30 percent.

The grants program is aimed at increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, reducing unmet treatment need and reducing opioid overdose related deaths through prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy says the funding is a significant increase over past years.

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