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April 20, 2017

Maine to receive $2M to fight opioid crisis

Courtesy / Office of Sen. Susan Collins
Courtesy / Office of Sen. Susan Collins
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will award Maine just over $2 million to fight the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.

The disbursement to Maine is part of the department's release of $485 million in funding to all 50 states to combat drug addiction.

"The heroin and opioid abuse epidemic is tragically fueling a record number of overdose deaths and is taking a devastating toll on families and communities in Maine and across the country," Collins said in a statement. "This funding will support vital programs that provide hope, recovery and healing to Mainers who are struggling with addiction."

The funding provided by HHS was authorized through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was championed by Collins and signed into law in December 2016. That act included five provisions authored by Collins.

Last year, there were 376 deaths from drug overdose in Maine and more than 52,000 nationwide.

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