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Racine County Receives New Opioid Addiction Treatment Grant

December 12, 2018

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is pleased that Racine County is a recipient of a new opioid addiction treatment grant. The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced new grants to help inmates fight opioid addiction at 16 county jails across Wisconsin. Racine County will receive a grant in the amount of $92,697.

“I advocated strongly for the creation of these treatment grants for our county jails,” said Speaker Vos. “It’s important that we help these individuals get the substance abuse treatment they need to become productive members of their communities.”

The new grant program is part of the state’s on-going efforts to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) has been the Assembly’s champion in the battle against opioid addiction since 2014 through the Heroin, Opioid, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda, which has produced 30 pieces of legislation.

In May, Racine County was awarded a different one-year grant of $75,000 for treatment and recovery services, which was based on a level of need.

According to DHS, the state has seen 916 individuals die from opioid-related overdoses in 2017. For more information on treatment options, visit addictionhelpwi.org.