Bloomberg charity names first Pa. projects in $10 million response to overdose epidemic

JILL DALY | JUL 9, 2019

Following up on a $10 million pledge last fall to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, the charity founded by entrepreneur and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced funding Tuesday for the first projects in the state.

The grants come with technical support as well, and will build on efforts in hospitals to improve access to buprenorphine and methadone, drugs used in medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder.

Grants also will go to an existing partnership in law enforcement for harm reduction training, including training in the use of the overdose rescue drug naloxone and steering people into treatment. And money will go to assist in improving access to treatment drugs in prisons and jails.

In addition, planning also has begun for media campaigns by the Bloomberg Philanthropies charity, Vital Strategies, to engage communities most affected by the epidemic and connect them to resources and help reduce the stigma that keeps people from getting treatment.


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