Mar 25, 2024 - News

Tennessee organizations get nearly $81 million to fight opioid crisis

Illustration of a person holding their hand in their hands with buprenorphine's chemical structure, EKGs and abstracted pills.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Tennessee is distributing nearly $81 million in grant funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

Why it matters: The funds will go to organizations that support addiction treatment, recovery work and prevention efforts.

Between the lines: This is the first wave of community grants distributed through the state's Opioid Abatement Council.

By the numbers: Organizations across the state submitted 396 proposals for grant funding last year, according to a statement from the council. Members approved funding for 116 grants last week.

Zoom in: Grants awarded in the Middle Tennessee area include $2.9 million to Belmont University for a mobile clinics program. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville Cares and Meharry Medical College also received funding.

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