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Kentucky is one of seven states to win grants from Bloomberg to combat the unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdoses.

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Kentucky is one of seven states that will get millions of dollars from Bloomberg Philanthropy to combat the opioid overdose epidemic.

Governor Andy Beshear announced the $ 10 million grant to the state “with the goal of reducing overdoses and saving lives by increasing access to medications and expanding preventive services,” said a press release.

Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will also receive grants for five years. “The Bloomberg Philanthropies Overdose Prevention Initiative also includes partners such as Johns Hopkins University, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., The Pew Charitable Trusts and more, “the statement said.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said in the statement: “The overdose epidemic is one of the worst public health crises we have ever faced; 254 Americans die every day from drug overdoses. It’s ripping families apart across the country, and we need bolder action at the national level, especially from the federal government, but we can’t afford to wait until that happens. “

Kentucky overdose deaths fell 15 percent from 2017 to 2018, more than the national decline, but began to rise in late 2019. In 2020, overdoses killed 1,964 Kentuckians, the most in a period of 12 months; It was a 49% increase over the previous year.

The rise has been largely driven by synthetic opioids like fentanyl. “The presence of fentanyl analogs in other substances, including stimulants and compressed pills, has also exacerbated the crisis,” the statement said. “While there was an increase in death rates in all genders, age groups, races, and regions of the state, the largest increase in drug overdose deaths has occurred among black Kentuckyns, with 64% “.

State Cabinet of Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander said: “There is no single cause or cure. The disease of addiction is complex, multifactorial, and intersects with many long-standing priorities and challenges related to health, wellness, economic security, and justice. We look forward to this collaborative partnership, lives saved, and the recovery of many more Kentucky residents. “

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