SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Receives US $ 16 Million Federal Grant to Combat Opioid Abuse.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced the scholarship on Friday. The Illinois Department of Human Services will manage it to fight a scourge that claimed 2,000 lives in Illinois last year.
It's the second year in a row that Illinois has received funding from the 21st Century Cures Act
Officials say the grant will provide new treatment and recovery services and extension of drug-based treatment for individuals with opioid use. It will reinforce the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program and improve programs to assist people from County Jails.
The scholarship also provides training for first responders who often save lives by treating overdose victims quickly. Human Services funds have trained almost 18,000 people to use a drug that reverses the overdose effects.