Thursday's Michigan is set to become the second state to receive part of a $ 50 million investment to help fight the opioid crisis nationwide, according to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and former Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg. (Photo: Dale G. Young, The Detroit News)
Thursday's Michigan is set to become the second state to receive part of a $ 50 million investment to help fight the opioid crisis nationwide , according to the Gretchen Whitmer government and former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a partnership between Vital Strategies, Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the CDC Foundation. It aims to help up to 10 states over the next three years find ways to increase prevention and treatment efforts for opioid addiction.
"Our immediate goal is to save the lives of as many Michigan residents as we can," Bloomberg and Whitmer said in a guest review article on The Detroit News on Thursday. "And if we succeed, our work will help create a plan for the nation on how to end this crisis once and for all."
Pennsylvania was chosen as the first state to participate in the initiative and was nominated to receive at least $ 10 million in funding to reduce opioid mortality, according to the Bloomberg-led group and works in more than 120 countries .
Data from the CDC show that there were more than 47,000 deaths from opioid overdoses nationally in 2017.
The inclusion of Michigan comes when the opioid crisis claims more lives in the state. In 2016, Detroit overdoses accounted for about 40% of the 538 opioid-related deaths in Wayne County. In total, 1,786 Michigan residents died in the same year from opioid overdoses, as state data shows.
The number of opiate-related deaths in Detroit rose from 46 in 2012 to 280 in 2017, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The state of October reported a new record: 1,941 of the 2,729 overdose deaths in 2017 were related to opioids.
The initiative follows legislation signed by President Donald Trump in October which adds treatment options and obtains the US postal service to examine packages overseas for a synthetic form of opioids called fentanyl which is sent largely from China.
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