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$10 million investment aims to fight opioids in Michigan

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Work to reduce opioid deaths is beginning across the state.

It’s part of a $10 million investment to fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

Michigan ranks in the top 15 for drug overdose deaths… according to 2018 numbers from the C-D-C.

Daliah Heller of Vital Strategies says that’s because not enough communities have access to naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

“People might not call 9-1-1… and if 9-1-1 is not called at all the only option is that Naloxone at the scene.”

The group is partnering with Traverse City-non-profit… Harm Reduction Michigan… to give out more naloxone kits.

Heller is also working with the state to get medically-assisted treatment for patients in prison.

She says the group aims to have all their projects started in the next six months.