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LINCOLN – Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has garnered additional federal funding for opioid prevention and treatment from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide DHHS with $6.5 million that will continue to support Nebraska's opioid prevention and treatment efforts in the Divisions of Behavioral Health and Public Health.
“In a continued attempt to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Nebraska, the Division of Behavioral Health has been fortunate enough to receive funding that will not only aim to prevent future opioid overdose deaths through the distribution of naloxone, but expand our addiction treatment workforce through training," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “Addressing the underlying causes of addiction, including stigma, linking individuals to care and educating Nebraskans will make our communities healthier. There is no health without behavioral health."
“In 2017, 183 people died in Nebraska from a drug-involved overdose," said Dr. Gary J. Anthone, director of the Division of Public Health. “Although Nebraska is not seeing the same number of drug overdose deaths as in other parts of the country, it is still an issue that affects Nebraskans every day. This funding supports the Division of Public Health's efforts to address Nebraska issues and to continue our proactive approach with the goal of preventing misuse, overdoses, and deaths."
Present and planned future initiatives with the Divisions of Behavioral Health and Public Health and other partners include: