Pennsylvania to Receive $55.9 Million for Opioid Epidemic Fight

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 (WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will receive a $55.9 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

  According to the Governor’s Office, the grant was sought aggressively by Wolf’s administration and awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).   The DDAP will administer the grant.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work Pennsylvania is doing to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic and this grant will help significantly as we continue that fight, allowing us to increase the types of initiatives we implement and expanding our reach for prevention, treatment, and recovery,” Governor Wolf said in a prepared release.

“Pennsylvania is focusing its energy and resources to attack the epidemic of opioid use disorder, knowing that we need to remove the stigma of the disease of addiction and increase the programs we have in place, and build new ones to provide more treatment, more access to community supports, and more success stories to ultimately win this battle. It will take time and persistence, and Pennsylvania is in it for the duration.”

SOR funding is used for practices and services that have a demonstrated evidence-based approach and are appropriate for the populations of focus. The Wolf Administration plans to announce details of how the grant will be used in the coming weeks.

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