Illinois receives $29 million to fight opioid use

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- The Illinois Department of Human Services will receive nearly $29 million in new federal funding to help the state fight the opioid crisis.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provided a federal grant. This will help the federal government award $61 million in total to the state to fund important programs and initiatives intended to improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services for opioid use. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner said the grant will help the state move forward with an opioid action plan.

“The programs supported by this award represent a range of critical services that will prevent people from misusing opioids and help those with opioid use disorder to begin or continue their path to recovery,” Rauner said. 
 
These funds will support the expansion of treatment and recovery interventions across the state, including medication-assisted treatment and hospital resources.
 
The grant will also expand opioid overdose protocols training for first responders and widen availability of the overdose reversal medication naloxone.