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State of Rhode Island Gets More Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Addiction

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    Rhode Island has been awarded more federal funding to combat opioid addition.

    The state's congressional delegation announced the increase on Friday. They say Rhode Island's share from a grant program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will rise from $2.1 million last year to $12.5 million.

    The program helps states increase access to medication-assisted treatment and reduce opioid overdoses through prevention, treatment and recovery services.

    Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the funding is much needed and long overdue.

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    The state health department says 323 Rhode Island residents died of accidental drug overdoses in 2017.

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 included a $3.3 billion boost for opioid funding, with $142 million set aside for states with high mortality rates from overdoses.

    The delegation voted for it.

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