Ohio gets $15.8 million to reduce overdose deaths

(Cleveland) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving Ohio a nearly $16 million dollar grant to reduce fatal drug overdoses. 

Jim Macrae is with the Department's Bureau of Primary Care, and says $13 million is going to community health services. 

Macrae tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, there are also funds to train new behavioral health providers, and to promote local solutions to the crisis. 

According to the federal government, drug overdose deaths are up 143% in Ohio since 2010. Health and Human Services is awarding nearly $400 million nationwide to fight the epidemic.

(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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