The Patrick administration announced $1.3 million in grant funding Friday, to create the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative Program.
MOAPC is an initiative which will work to reduce opioid abuse and misuse across the state.
A total of 71 communities will receive funding through a through a federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.
They will be used to implement policy, practice, systems and environmental changes at the local level to prevent the abuse of opioids and reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths associated with opioid poisonings.
MOAPC is a three-year grant with two options to renew, making it possible for grant recipients to be funded for up to seven years.
This award will be part of the Department of Public Health's comprehensive approach to substance abuse prevention, which includes a recently received $3.6 million, three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25 in high need Massachusetts communities. The department also continues to fund municipalities across the state to implement strategies to reduce underage drinking.
"Drug and alcohol abuse affects families in every community," said Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health. "We need to band together to find new ways to help those who are fighting their addictions, and funding community partnerships is a positive step towards fulfilling this shared responsibility."
"These grants are a great opportunity to examine and work to stop opioid misuse across the Commonwealth in a collaborative and collective way. I look forward to seeing positive results across our communities," said Rep. Liz Malia, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse."
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