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$5.1 million awarded to Wisconsin to reduce opioid overdoses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than $5.1 million has been awarded in federal funds to help the state of Wisconsin provide more resources to address the opioid epidemic.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) made the announcement Tuesday morning, saying the the money will be used to fund enhanced prevention efforts.

The money is being awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Overdose to Action (OD2A) effort, which focuses primarily on opioid surveillance and prevention.

According to Baldwin’s office, OD2A is a three-year cooperative agreement which focuses on the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, and also highlights the need for a comprehensive public health approach.

The funds will also support the collection of data on overdose morbidity and mortality in order for local prevention and response efforts to be informed.

Krystal Frasier

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