North Dakota gets $2M to combat opioid crisis

June 24, 2017 | Blair Emerson, The Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota has received a $2 million federal grant to boost medication-assisted treatment across the state, equip more people with a drug to reverse an overdose and provide grants to individual communities to fight opioid addiction.

Drug-related overdoses claimed the lives of 61 North Dakotans in 2015, compared to 43 deaths in 2014 and 20 deaths in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

North Dakota was one of dozens of states and territories to receive the first-ever grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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