- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded about $352,000 in funding to help a Gadsden health center treat opioid addicts.

The department said in a news release Friday that the money is part of a nationwide $94 million effort to focus on treating opioid abusers in underserved populations. The department’s website says Gadsden’s Quality of Life Health Complex is being given the funds.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says it is essential to increase health care centers’ services to combat opioid abuse across the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say addiction to heroin and opiate painkillers is killing 78 Americans a day, with addicts often turning from prescription opioids to heroin, which is cheaper and can be easier to obtain.

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