Kentucky awarded nearly $9.2 million to combat opioid crisis


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is receiving more than $9 million from a federal agency to help combat opioid addiction.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the money will help expand access to services dealing with substance use disorder and mental health problems.

The agency says community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions involved in the fight will also benefit from the nearly $9.2 million in funding. It says the awards will support a five-point opioid strategy introduced by President Donald Trump in 2017.

Officials say the award to Kentucky includes $3.5 million to increase access to behavioral health services. They say another $2.7 million will strengthen efforts in rural communities to provide prevention, treatment and recovery services.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the tri-state, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories