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Feds grant $30.6M to NJ to combat opioid problem

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New Jersey will receive slightly more than $30.6 million in federal funding to help the state fight its growing opioid epidemic, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, announced Friday.

The New Jersey Department of Health will receive $3,412,500 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work to prevent opioid-related overdoses, deaths, and other outcomes. It will also get $21,566,035 million in a State Opioid Response Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support the state’s response efforts and expand access to treatment and recovery services.

Meanwhile, several Federally Qualified Health Centers will receive $5,633,509 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.

“This is the critical federal funding New Jersey needs to combat the growing opioid epidemic in our state,” Menendez said in a statement. “Too many families have been torn apart by the scourge of opioids and, in addition to the legislation we passed in the Senate this week that contained several of my bills, every effort counts towards addressing this crisis.”

Added Booker: “We have seen the devastating toll our nation’s opioid epidemic has taken on families and communities across New Jersey. Combatting this crisis requires us to not only ensure that those facing addiction receive the treatment they need, but that there are also the resources on the ground to prevent new cases. I stand committed to fighting for federal resources like this that help us address this epidemic before more families are torn apart.”

Gov. Phil Murphy also weighed in on the topic.

“Every day, the opioid epidemic devastates communities and families in all corners of our state. New Jersey is working diligently to develop and implement data-driven strategies that will save lives and expand treatment options for those struggling with addiction,” he said. “This funding will help us provide expanded services to those suffering from addiction and build a healthier, safer state for all.”

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