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David Cicilline

03/11/2016 | Press release

Delegation Announces $650,000 in Federal Funding to Fight Opiate Addiction in Rhode Island

distributed by noodls on 03/11/2016 20:45

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $650,000 in funding through the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) that will provide resources for East Bay Community Action and Thundermist Health Center to fight opiate addiction in Rhode Island. Last December, the Congressional delegation voted to support $154 million in HRSA funding included in the FY2016 federal funding bill.

'This grant provides critical support to East Bay Community Action and Thundermist Health Center as they work with communities to help save lives and direct those who need assistance to available services. I will continue doing everything I can to ensure the federal government does its part to help the state fight opioid addiction, connect people with treatment and recovery services, and stamp out this heroin and prescription opioid epidemic for future generations,' said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and HRSA.

'In Rhode Island, addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has claimed lives in communities big and small and touched people in all walks of life. East Bay Community Action and Thundermist are on the front lines of this crisis and need the resources to treat patients suffering an overdose, especially with lifesaving naloxone. I'm glad this funding will help them provide that care,' said Whitehouse, author of far-reaching legislation to treat addiction and promote recovery that recently ' '

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