Arizona agency gets $3.2M from US to combat opioid abuse

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona's efforts to combat opioid abuse are getting a $3.1 million boost from federal taxpayers.

The U.S. Department of Health Services says the funding provided the state Department of Health Services is included in $144.1 million of grants awarded nationwide to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

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The grants will be administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Federal officials say uses for the money include training responders to use overdose-reversing drugs and improving access to medication-assisted treatment.

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Other uses include expanding treatment and recovery services to pregnant and postpartum women struggling with substance abuse and increasing long-term recovery services.

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