The battle against opioid addiction has just received reinforcements. According to WECT, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded the NCDHHS with a $35 million State Opioid Response grant.
“These funds will be used to continue the state’s efforts to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic by providing treatment and supporting North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan 2.0. Previously, NCDHHS has received a total of $58 million in SOR grants, which to date, has provided more than 14,000 individuals with treatment and recovery services,” a press release from NCDHHS states.
North Carolinians struggling against substance abuse have faced difficult times during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for people who struggle with substance use disorders, and this funding will help us reduce overdoses in our state,” Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement. “But we know that the best way to ensure people without coverage can get the treatment they need is expanding Medicaid to 600,000 North Carolinians.”