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Chunk of $53 Million federal opioid treatment and prevention grant coming to Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding millions of dollars in opioid grant money.  Wisconsin's slice of the $53 million share will help first responders offer life-saving naloxone or narcan to those in need.

Back in March, State Attorney General Brad Schimel spoke about a special rebate program he had secured with the manufacturer of the drug.  It offered $6 off every $20 syringe, and was available to all state fire departments and ambulance companies tasked with carrying it.

"It hadn't occurred to me to seek the rebates, it just hadn't occurred to me that this was becoming such a budget impact," Schimel said.

The rebate is extremely helpful in rural areas where first responders must make tough decisions about what to budget for each year.  The Prescription Drug Opioid Overdose Prevention Grants will provide up to $11 million to 12 states including Wisconsin to take that program further and ease some of the burden while supporting future training of rescue teams. 

The Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Prescription Drugs Grants will also provide up to $9 million to 21 states, including Wisconsin, to strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts. lt also create an overdose data collection bank and supply additional resources for treatment and prevention.


More information about SAMHSA grants and the grantees is available here.

More information about CDC grants and the grantees is available here.

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