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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will travel to Michigan Thursday to announce a $10 million contribution to the state’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis.
The money will come from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which will partner with up to 10 states over the next three years and invest $50 million to support state programs to develop treatment and prevention programs.
Michigan becomes the second state, following Pennsylvania, to get support from the charity founded by Bloomberg, who will appear with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at 1 p.m. in Eastpointe to officially announce the donation.
“The opioid crisis is a national emergency that calls for bold leadership and big ideas,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “We hope our work in places like Michigan and Pennsylvania spares more families the heartbreak of losing a loved one to opioid addiction or overdose.”
In 2016, there were 1,762 opioid-related overdose deaths in Michigan and that number grew to 2,003 in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which ranks Michigan as the 13th state in the nation for opioid deaths. Drug overdoses from all drugs left 2,694 Michiganders dead in 2017.
In the United States, the CDC reported 47,600 people died from opioid overdoses.
The $10 million will be used to complement work already underway in Michigan, including expanding treatment programs in settings such as prisons and jails, increasing distribution of naloxone, which helps reverse drug overdoses, and speeding up collection of data to better pinpoint areas that are in crisis.
“The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest health crises of our lifetime, and we need to marshal all forces necessary to fight back,” Whitmer said in a statement. “The opioid crisis affects nearly every county in Michigan. These funds will help our state advance a comprehensive plan and implement critical interventions that can make the biggest impact to reduce overdose deaths.”
Contact Kathleen Gray: 313-223-4430, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @michpoligal.
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