Texas Wins Federal Grant To Fight Opioid Abuse

Alan Scaia
April 09, 2019 - 12:13 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a $24 million grant to combat opioid abuse.

Since the Texas Health and Human Services Commission launched its "Texas Targeted Opioid Response Program" in May 2017, the federal government has sent $176 million in funding.

"To effectively combat this crisis, we must continue to invest in a comprehensive strategy that prioritizes the health and safety of Texans while effectively combating the mistreatment of opioids," Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott's office says the additional funding will expand access to medication, treatment and counseling. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission says it will finalize details about how to spend the latest grant in the next few weeks.

Abbott's office cites an outside report that says four of the 25 cities with the most cases of opioid abuse are in Texas: Amarillo, Longview, Odessa and Texarkana.

The Texas Targeted Opioid Abuse Program says more than 122,000 people have received prevention, treatment or recovery support services since it started.