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UK To Receive Grant To Fight Opioid Epidemic In Ky.

Posted at 3:20 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 15:35:28-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– The University of Kentucky is expected to receive a major funding announcement Thursday to help fight the opioid crisis in Kentucky.

This announcement and grant come from the National Institutes of Health as a part of the HEALling Communities Study.

This study measures the impact of integrating evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions across primary care, behavioral health, justice, and other places.

The ultimate goal is to decrease opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years.

This aggressive approach, presented by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, hopes to help reverse the opioid crisis in the U.S.

While aggressive, this integrated community-based study is part of an effort to speed up scientific solutions.