Illinois gets additional $15 million to fight opioid epidemic

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Illinois will receive an additional $15 million this year to combat the opioid epidemic statewide.

The money will come from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The new funding aims to strengthen the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program to continue the state’s efforts to prevent the misuse of prescription opioids by supporting the availability of an overdose reversal drug in naloxone.

“We’re excited to grow our programs that have shown success throughout the state,” said Dani Kirby, Illinois Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Director. “The influx of federal dollars has not only helped us to expand access to medication assisted treatment programs, but also to pilot new programs to find out which ones are bringing the most successful prevention, treatment and recovery efforts to Illinois residents.”

More than 12,000 individuals with opioid use disorder have been served in Illinois through the federal Opioid Crisis Response Grants since March 2019.

Public health officials said Illinois is on track to receive an additional $29 million to fight the epidemic in 2020.