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$11 million awarded to New Mexico to fight opioid crisis

$11 million awarded to New Mexico to fight opioid crisis

Marian Camacho
September 19, 2018 10:29 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $11 million to the state of New Mexico to help fight the opioid crisis.

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The more than $1 billion in funds will go toward supporting HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy in all U.S. states. The strategy launched last year and is intended to help empower communities fighting the opioid epidemic.

“Addressing the opioid crisis with all the resources possible and the best science we have is a top priority for President Trump and for everyone at HHS,” said Secretary Alex Azar. “The more than $1 billion in additional funding that we provided this week will build on progress we have seen in tackling this epidemic through empowering communities and families on the frontlines.”

$5,307,273 will go toward increasing access to medication-assisted treatment with another $5,724,513 toward expanding certain health and academic institutions.

HHS officials say the funds will help to push forward in battling the opioid crisis across the country.

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