Friday, July 01, 2016

USDA announces $1.4 million for five projects to fight opioid epidemic in Appalachia

During a town-hall meeting on Thursday in Abingdon, Va., Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $1.4 million in funding for five projects to fight the opioid epidemic in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The meeting was the first of a series of town halls, which are also also expected to make stops in New Hampshire, Missouri, Nevada and Mississippi.

In Eastern Kentucky, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it approved two applications of more than $720,000 to establish telemedicine networks "that will provide treatment for medical conditions, including mental health and drug addiction treatment." In Tennessee, $67,572 was awarded to the Carey Counseling Center "to expand and improve six rural counseling centers with mental, behavioral and psychiatric care services and substance treatment services" to serve two StrikeForce counties. Also, more than $587,000 was awarded "to Virginia tele-medicine projects that will provide health care services in rural areas, including mental health and drug addiction treatment." (Read more)

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