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Michigan to get federal money to fight opioid epidemic

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Michigan will get more than $50 million from the federal government to help fight the state’s opioid epidemic. The money will be spread out over two years and used for three purposes – prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’s excited about being able to use the money for increased training of doctors in addiction medicine. That’s because, he says, addiction treatment is an emerging field.

“As it’s become more mainstream and the number of addictions has grown, the need to provide additional physician training and addiction medicine training is just become absolutely critical,” he says.

Money will also go toward things like more recovery housing and increased use of support groups for people undergoing treatment.

Michigan previously got more than $30 million in federal dollars to help reduce opioid use and dependency.