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SAMHSA Releases Money for Opioid Treatment

Taking a “targeted approach,” SAMHSA is making $196 million available to fund opioid treatment in the “hardest-hit” states and tribes.


 

The Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug Opioid Addiction grant program will expand access to treatment and recovery support services in states, tribes, and tribal organizations with the highest per-capita rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and prescription opioids. The funding includes the areas with the “most dramatic increases” for heroin and prescription opioids, as identified by SAMHSA’s 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set.

“We know medication-assisted treatment is an effective, essential tool in fighting the opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar, “and HHS will continue working to expand access to it.”

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