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Michigan on Thursday is the second state to receive part of a $ 50 million investment to help fight the opioid crisis nationwide New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. (Photo: Dale G. Young, The Detroit News)

Michigan will become the second state on Thursday to receive part of a $ 50 million investment to help fight the opioid crisis nationwide, Governor Gretchen said Whitmer and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a partnership between Vital Strategies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation. The aim is to help up to ten countries over the next three years to find ways to promote the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction.

"Our immediate goal is to save the lives of as many Michigan residents as possible," said Bloomberg and Whitmer in a guest commentary on The Detroit News on Thursday. "And if we succeed, our work will help create a plan for the nation how to end this crisis once and for all."

Pennsylvania was selected as the first state to participate in the initiative, and should receive at least $ 10 million in millions of opioid-reduction funds, according to the Bloomberg-led group, which operates in more than 120 countries.

CDC data shows that in 2017, more than 47,000 people were killed by opioid overdoses nationwide. In 2016, Detroit overdoses accounted for nearly 40 percent of the 538 opioid-related deaths in Wayne County. A total of 1,786 Michigan residents died this year from opioid overdoses, state figures show.

The number of detox deaths in Detroit has increased from 46 in 2012 to 280 in 2017, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The state reported a new record in October: 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were opioid-dependent.

The initiative follows legislation signed by President Donald Trump in October, which adds treatment options and induces the US Postal Service to investigate overseas packages for a synthetic form of opioid called Fentanyl, mostly from China to be shipped.

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