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Federal government to provide $485M in grants to combat opioid epidemic

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ATLANTA - The federal government says it will provide states nearly half a billion dollars for prevention and treatment programs aimed at confronting the opioid epidemic.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made the announcement Wednesday at a drug prevention summit in Atlanta. The legislation for $485 million in grant money was approved by Congress last year and signed by former President Barack Obama.

Price said the Trump administration has a five-part strategy to address the opioid crisis: improved access to treatment and recovery services, making overdose-reversing drugs more widely available, stepped-up public health surveillance of the epidemic, support for research on pain and addiction, and promoting better ways to help patients manage pain.