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How $3.1 Million grant could help decrease numbers of babies born addicted to opiates

Posted at 5:44 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 08:44:50-04

Arizona is getting $3.1 million from the federal government to prevent and stop opioid addiction. This is part of more than $144 million in national grants from the U.S. Department of Health Services.

Federal officials say the money will be used to train responders in using overdose-reversing drugs, like Naloxone, and improving access to medication-assisted treatment. 

Much of the funding will also go towards helping treat babies born addicted to opioids and rehabilitating their mothers.

Long-term recovery treatment services will also be improved. 

The grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.