HRSA allocates $1.3 million to counter opioid crisis in Arkansas’ rural regions


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Arkansas – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has allocated $1.3 million in funds to support rural areas across Arkansas.

As detailed in a recent press release, the primary use of this allocation is to bolster essential strategies to counteract the overdose threats posed by fentanyl and other opioids.

A significant portion of the award, amounting to $1 million, is earmarked to initiate treatment facilities within rural locales, allowing residents to procure medications specifically designed to treat opioid-related disorders.

Additionally, an allocation of $300,000 aims to assist rural regions in addressing their “specific and immediate needs, including the distribution of life-saving opioid overdose reversal medications,” as stated in the press release.

A noteworthy recipient of this fund, the Arkansas Behavioral Health Integration Network located in Higden, has been granted $300,000.

According to the press release, overdose accounts for over 100,000 fatalities annually nationwide. The challenges of obtaining treatment are particularly pronounced for those in rural regions grappling with opioid dependency.

HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson commented on the gravity of the situation, asserting, “Far too many rural families have faced the devastation of overdose, and these deaths are felt deeply across rural communities — where often everyone knows someone lost too soon.” She further emphasized HRSA’s commitment by adding, “At the Health Resources and Services Administration, we understand that generic funding methods can overlook the specific needs of rural areas. Therefore, today’s investments are deliberately directed at rural communities, addressing the distinct hurdles they face in expanding access to treatment and creating avenues for recovery to thwart overdose occurrences.”


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