Alaska to receive $2 million federal grant to combat opioid abuse

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Back on February 14, Governor Bill Walker declared a public health disaster over opioid abuse in Alaska. Now, the state is set to receive a $2 million federal grant to help combat the problem.

The funding is part of a larger grant to fight opioid abuse across the country, focusing on prevention and treatment efforts.

Walker is going to start looking at which programs and services will receive this latest funding. The governor also proposed spending *existing federal grants on a multi–year program for distribution of naloxone, a drug that may prevent an overdose.

The Legislature has approved a standing medical order for the naloxone program through June 2021.