The second round of federal funding to address the opioid epidemic in Indiana has been announced. The state will receive $10.9 million from the 21st Century Cures Act.
Last year, Indiana received the same amount of funding from the law and put it towards efforts including expansion of residential treatment centers, an anti-stigma campaigns and enhancement of the state’s prescription monitoring program.
These new grants will be administrated through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar says funding priorities will be used to support prevention, treatment and recovery programs. Other efforts include better data and research.
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) applauded the funding they supported in Congress.
"Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, a greater sense of hope is provided to those who are suffering from substance abuse, as well as to the families, law enforcement, first responders and medical personnel who are on the front lines working to save lives and provide treatment to all affected by this epidemic," Brook said in a statement. "While this is good news, more must still be done to provide Americans relief."