12 Nov WisPolitics: Wisconsin set to receive $10 million for combatting the opioid epidemic
The state is set to receive $10 million for efforts to combat the opioid epidemic after joining the multi-state Bloomberg Opioids Overdose Prevention Initiative.
The initiative recently expanded to include Wisconsin, Kentucky, New Jersey, New Mexico, and North Carolina after initially launching in Michigan and Pennsylvania in 2018. The funds coming to Wisconsin are part of a $120 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies in the effort.
In a release, Gov. Tony Evers notes the COVID-19 pandemic has “only underscored” the impact of the opioid crisis, as related deaths in the state exceeded 1,000 per year last year for the first time.
“It’s more critical than ever that we get folks support and access substance use treatment and mental health services,” Evers said. “Wisconsin is thrilled to be joining this partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies as we work tirelessly together to save lives, expand treatment and services, and build a healthier state.”
The release shows funding will go toward expanding existing efforts and new programs, as well as advocacy for further federal policies aimed at reducing opioid deaths. In Wisconsin, funding will support technical assistance and services for related efforts, including government agency staff and other groups working at the state and local level.
Partners in the initiative include the CDC Foundation, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Johns Hopkins University, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Vital Strategies.