DHS Receives $24 Million for Opioid Crisis Response

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the state has been awarded a two-year federal grant totaling nearly $24 million to support the response to the opioid crisis. The allocated money will go towards projects backed by the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse – reducing the nonmedical use of opioids, overdose related deaths, and expanding medication assisted treatment. Governor Walker has signed thirty pieces of legislation in to law related to the opioid crisis. Last year, 916 people died of opioid overdoses related to prescription drugs or heroin use – compared to 827 in 2016.