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Posted on: July 5, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Health Department Takes Next Step to Address Opioid Epidemic

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addiction, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication Assisted Treatment program. Treatment will be expanded to 200 people through a $325,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The need for this service has increased, as the number of substance abuse related deaths in Lake County have tripled in the past 20 years. Through this grant, the County plans to enhance the program and reduce the number of overdose deaths. The funds will provide medications, increase medical provider hours, add substance abuse counselors and a licensed clinical social worker.

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