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Arizona drug-abuse programs to receive part of $11 million for opioid battle

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PHOENIX — The federal government has awarded Arizona and 10 other states up to $11 million for programs to fight opioid addiction.

The funding will go to prevention and rehab programs in states that have the highest rates of opioid addiction in the country.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that opioid-related deaths, which include heroin and opioid pain relievers, has nearly quadrupled since 1999.

“These grants will help address the key elements of the opioid crisis by promoting effective prevention efforts, preventing overdose deaths and helping ensure that people with opioid use disorders are able to receive vital treatment and recovery support services,” said Kana Enomoto of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in a statement.

The department announced Wednesday that it was supplying $53 million to addiction-assistance programs across the nation. Outlined in the Opioid Initiative are plans to improve prevention, treatments and research into opioid abuse.

The other states are Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

KTAR’s Kaely Monahan contributed to this report.