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McConnell announces that Kentucky to get $31.48 million, part of State Opioid Response Grants

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Wednesday that Kentucky will receive $31.48 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the State Opioid Response Grants Program.

This program was created by the 21st Century Cures (CURES) Act that McConnell shepherded through Congress in 2016.

Senator Mitch McConnell

“Kentucky is leading the national response to the devastating opioid epidemic, and the federal resources will reinforce their life-saving work,” said Senator McConnell. “As Senate Majority Leader, I helped ensure these funds are directed to the hardest-hit states, including Kentucky, where they can have the greatest impact. Although our Commonwealth recently marked the largest decline in overdose deaths in over a decade, important work remains.

“The Trump administration and I will continue our commitment to providing federal support to address the scourge of substance abuse with comprehensive solutions. We’ll continue working together to help more Kentuckians maintain long-term recovery and to save lives.”

“The recent reduction in Kentucky overdose deaths has demonstrated that the increased support from our federal partners is making a huge difference in the Commonwealth,” said Van Ingram, the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

“Thanks to President Trump’s leadership and the hard work of so many Americans in local communities, we are beginning to win the battle against the opioid overdose crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “We will continue executing on the Department’s 5-Point strategy for combating the opioid crisis, and laying the foundation for a healthcare system where every American can access the mental healthcare they need.”

Wednesday’s announcement follows recent news that preliminary figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 2018 saw the first nationwide decline in drug overdose deaths since 1990. In the prior 28 years, overdose deaths climbed. But in 2018 that number finally dropped. It was approximately a 5 percent decline nationwide.

Kentucky saw overdose deaths fall by nearly 15 percent last year — the largest drop in the state in more than a decade.

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