Bloomberg Awards $10 Million to Address Opioid Crisis in Michigan

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bloomberg Awards $10 Million to Address Opioid Crisis in Michigan

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a $10 million commitment in support of efforts in Michigan to address the large number of opioid overdose deaths in the state.

Michigan is the second state (after Pennsylvania) selected to participate in a three-year, $50 million initiative launched by the grantmaker to address the opioid crisis in up to ten states. In partnership with Vital Strategies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University, and the CDC Foundation, the initiative will focus on addressing gaps in current treatment and prevention programs and improving access to treatment. Lessons learned will be used to develop a replicable model for deployment nationwide.

From 2016-2017, Michigan saw a 14 percent increase in the number of overdose deaths and now ranks eighth in that category nationally. In the U.S., more than two million people are currently addicted to opioids, which are responsible for more deaths per day than automobile accidents...

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