- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Federal officials say a northern Ohio county is getting a $100,000 grant as part of a federal effort to reduce opioid overdoses in rural communities and refer people to treatment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that Erie County was among 18 recipients awarded the grant money as part of a pilot program.

The program supports local partnerships that help prevent and treat opioid overdoses. The effort is aimed at helping the local partnerships increase the availability of naloxone, a drug overdose antidote used to save addicts on the brink of death. The program also focuses on training licensed health care providers on how to use naloxone.

An Ohio measure signed into law this year seeks to expand the availability of the overdose antidote.

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