Districts of Eastern Kentucky awarded $3.7 million to combat opioids

Published: Oct. 1, 2018 at 7:57 PM EDT
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The Department of Justice announced Monday that they are awarding $3.7 million to combat the opioid crisis in Kentucky.

Lexington Fayette Urban County Government received $500,000 from the grant to help first responders to respond to overdose situations.

Also, the University of Kentucky Research Foundation received $1 million to help local and state agencies to analyze substance abuse issues and identify solutions.

The Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society, Lexington Leadership Foundation and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services all received money from the grant to support their efforts as well.

Nearly $320 million is being awarded across the country through a federal program to fight the opioid crisis.

In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, an increase from the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.