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Rural Drug Problems Targeted by Federal Grants

About 75 communities will be awarded federal grants to fight opioid abuse and other drug problems.

Rural communities can receive up to $1 million over three years to expand services aimed at combating drug abuse, including opioid addiction.

The federal grant program is for high-risk rural communities, and about 75 grants will be awarded to rural communities.

The grant opportunity will be officially posted in the next few weeks at this link.

Communities awarded the grants will use the funds to implement prevention, treatment and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis.

Those strategies include:

  • Better Addiction, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services
  • Better Data
  • Better Pain Management
  • Better Targeting of Overdosing Reversing Drugs
  • Better Research

Communities that are awarded the grants are encouraged to use programs such as the National Health Service Corps, which provides healthcare services to people in health professional shortage areas.

In addition to these grants, federal officials anticipate launching a pilot grant program to expand the number of small rural hospitals and clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment.

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is offered through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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