- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The federal government is giving $1.8 million to five health centers in Kentucky to combat the state’s growing and deadly opioid epidemic.

The money is part of a $94 million package announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the scourge of drug abuse across the country.

Federal officials say the money will help more people access drug treatment and it will save lives.

The nation is currently in the grip of a prescription drug and heroin epidemic that has destroyed the lives of many Kentuckians.

Figures from the state Office of Drug Control Policy show that 1,087 people in the Bluegrass state died from an overdose in 2014.

The clinics receiving the money are in Burkesville, Richmond, Louisville, Whitesburg and Mount Sterling.

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